Peter Capaldi has announced that he will be leaving his role on Doctor Who after this year’s Christmas episode. The Scottish Actor, who has been cast in the role of The Doctor in BCC One‘s sci-fi series since 2013, shocked fans with his announcement.
“I feel it’s time to move on,” said Capaldi.
“I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on. I can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”
Now, fans are eagerly anticipating who will fill the shoes of Capaldi, and become the 13th Doctor.
We have put together a list of 10 potential Time Lords, based on Actor and fan preference.
Let us know who you think should take on the role of the next Doctor!
1. FRANCES DE LA TOUR
Peter Capaldi has announced that he wants Frances de la Tour, best known for her roles in Harry Potter and The Lady in the Van, to replace him as The Doctor.
“The time felt right to bow out, to let somebody else play this wonderful role and I would like Frances de la Tour to be first female doctor,” said Capaldi.
This wouldn’t be the first time Frances de la Tour was considered for the role of Time Lord.
In the mid-1980s, de la Tour was considered, alongside Joanna Lumley and Dawn French, as a replacement for Colin Baker.
Frances De La Tour is a BAFTA-Award nominated actress from Bovingdon, United Kingdom.
2. OLIVIA COLMAN
David Tennant thinks Golden Globe award-winner Olivia Colman should be considered for the role of The Doctor. The Norwich Actress is best known for her role acting beside Tennant in Broadchurch, as well as her role in the upcoming mini-series Watership Down.
“Olivia would clearly be a magnificent choice,” said Tennant.
In 2010 Olivia played the role of ‘The Mother’ in the Doctor Who episode The Eleventh Hour.
3. ANDREW SCOTT
Best known for his role as Moriarty on the TV series Sherlock, Andrew Scott has built an enormous fan base.
We would love to see the Dublin Actor do the switcheroo from TV villain to TV protagonist and it looks like we aren’t the only ones…
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— holly 🐼 (@moriartyisdun) January 31, 2017
ANDREW SCOTT FOR THE NEW DOCTOR?? HELL YES I APPROVE
— it is what it is🌈 (@capbucko) January 31, 2017
4. HUGH LAURIE
Best known for his hilariously sarcastic role as a Doctor on House M.D. the 3-time Golden Globe winning Actor, Hugh Laurie, should put down the stethoscope and jump in the Tardis because fans want him to become the next Time Lord!
– Hugh Laurie –
He was such a great doctor in House MD but I think he would be even better as THE Doctor. pic.twitter.com/9Xpc61EXai
— no more. (@doctenrose) February 2, 2017
5. EDDIE REDMAYNE
Eddie Redmayne might be pretty busy at work on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. The Oscar Award-winning Actor has made his mark on Harry Potter fans around the globe, and has shown off some incredible acting abilities in The Theory of Everything.
Twitter fans have also expressed their hopes that Redmayne will take Capaldi’s place as the next Time Lord.
peter capaldi is leaving doctor who at the end of the year petition for the doctor to be played by eddie redmayne
— ameera (@fanaticbeasts) January 31, 2017
— Thilia Estel 🎻 (@ThiliaEstel) December 24, 2016
6. IDRIS ELBA
Known for Pacific Rim, Prometheus and Zootopia, the Oscar Award winning Actor, Idris Elba, is also a fan favourite to take on the role of The Doctor.
There has been speculation in the past that Idris Elba was offered the role of The Doctor after Showrunner Steven Moffat said, “The part has been offered to a black actor. But for various reasons, it didn’t work out.” However, there is no hard evidence to support this claim.
since peter capaldi is leaving, can we hire idris elba for the doctor now
— Jess Anykid (@dutchydoescoke) January 30, 2017
— ᴀɪᴍᴀʟ ʟᴏᴠᴇs ᴢᴀʏɴ 🌙 (@aimalfarooq) January 31, 2017
7. HELEN MIRREN
Known for her role on The Queen, many fans are hoping that Helen Mirren will be the first woman Doctor.
The Chiswick, Oscar Award winning Actress, has openly expressed her desire to see a female in the role as the Doctor saying:
“I think it’s absolutely time for a female Doctor Who. I’m so sick of that man with his girl sidekick. I could name at least 10 wonderful British actresses who would absolutely kill in that role.”
Forever hoping Helen Mirren replaces Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
— Christa Lee 🔜 GDC (@OhPoorPup) May 23, 2016
So Capaldi will be leaving as the Doctor. Someone get Helen Mirren or Idris Elba on the phone at once.
— Ben O’Liari (@VinzerFlinn) January 31, 2017
8. LUKE NEWBERRY
Luke Newberry didn’t have a beating heart in his role in the Zombie television show In The Flesh, but as a Time Lord he would have two.
Hailing from Exeter Devon, the young actor admitted that he would love to take on the role of The Doctor.
“I’d be a fool to play another zombie just now – but I’d love to play the Doctor!,” said Newberry.
luke newberry as the doctor would be amazing
— wee jimmy (@capaldae) April 29, 2015
I want Luke Newberry to be the doctor and I want to be his companion im deadly serious
— CJ (@squishongseob) September 14, 2014
9. BEN WISHAW
Ben Wishaw is best known for his roles in Skyfall, Spectre and Cloud Atlas.
The Actor was rumoured to replace Matt Smith when he stepped down from his role at the end of 2013 but went on to do other projects.
Now Wishaw is once again being rumoured to take on the role of Time Lord, becoming a betting favourite for UK bookies.
I want Ben Wishaw to be the doctor
— Yas (@Yasminkalani_) August 3, 2013
For the record Ben Wishaw would be excellent as The Doctor. Just excellent. #DoctorWho
— David McFadyen (@Dave8001) July 31, 2013
10. RUPERT GRINT
Once again fandoms are hoping that Harry Potter and Dr Who will collide. So why so much fuss about Rupert? So the Doctor can finally fulfil his wish of being a Ginger of course!
If there is one thing we know about The Doctor, it is that he is always hoping to be a ginger when he regenerates, unfortunately, he never quite gets there.
– Rupert Grint –
Another ginger and not anybody, our dear Ron Weasley. A lot of people want him as the Doctor, he’s on my list too. pic.twitter.com/t1lcgT6U4O
— no more. (@doctenrose) February 2, 2017
— Felicity Dolbear (@FlissFs) February 1, 2017