‘Doctor Who’ Rumor: Will Rory Kinnear Be the 12th Doctor?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 7th, 2014 at 10:21 am,

Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Rumors Doctor Who Rumor: Will Rory Kinnear Be the 12th Doctor?

Caught as we are in the exciting period between the announcement of Matt Smith’s decision to depart his Doctor Who role and the official BBC announcement as to who will be taking his place, it seems that everyone has their own list of favorites to be Smith’s successor. Screen Rant even came up with a list of talented (but still relatively unknown) actors who could feasibly commit to a few years in the role.

Amidst all this speculation and debate, the rumor mill has begun grinding out various reports as to which actors Steven Moffat and the rest of the Doctor Who production team are eying for the role, and who might have already been called to audition, received a formal offer, or even signed and sealed a contract.

Rory Kinnear as Michael Callow in Black Mirror Doctor Who Rumor: Will Rory Kinnear Be the 12th Doctor?

The latest buzz surrounding the Doctor Who casting talk stems from an article in the Telegraph, which claims that 35-year-old English actor Rory Kinnear has been offered the role, and the producers are waiting to hear if he will accept. Kinnear was well-placed in the bookies’ odds for the role, and bets on the role have all been closed in the wake of the Telegraph‘s article.

Kinnear is best known for his role as Bill Tanner in the James Bond movies Skyfall and Quantum of Solace, though he’s an accomplished stage actor and has delivered a compelling performance in the first episode of Charlie Brooker’s biting social satire series Black Mirror.

If chosen for the role, Kinnear is undoubtedly talented enough to handle it. Though whether you’re pleased with this rumor or not, it’s best to view it with a critical eye. For a start, the Telegraph does not claim that he has actually been cast yet, only that he’s been offered the role, which keeps the newspaper’s claim to reporting accuracy intact in the eventuality that a completely different actor is chosen. Secondly, without knowing who the identity of the “man in the TARDIS” whom they claim is their source (we’ll assume for the moment that it’s not Matt Smith), there’s no way to judge how high up the production ladder this information is coming from – or, indeed, if it even is.

Daniel Kaluuya Dominic Cooper and Domhnall Gleeson are rumored to be frontrunners for Doctor Who Doctor Who Rumor: Will Rory Kinnear Be the 12th Doctor?

Daniel Kaluuya, Dominic Cooper and Domhnall Gleeson

The Telegraph is not the only publication claiming such insider knowledge. Starburst claims that its own sources have named Daniel Kaluuya, Domhnall Gleeson and Dominic Cooper as the frontrunners for the role, though the article comes with a fairly transparent caveat:

“Whether it’s one of these three that has in fact been chosen to play the part, we cannot be sure. We can’t really be sure that these three are in the running at all – but that’s what we’ve been told! One thing that’s guaranteed, however, is that this new ‘information’ will get people talking!”

The official position on the matter – from the BBC and Steven Moffat – is that all of the rumors are false and that the search for the next Doctor has barely even begun. Until there’s word from an official named source, it’s probably not wise to give serious credence to any of the names being dropped by outlets that are quoting anonymous “reliable sources.”

Everyone wants the scoop on this story, and as a result, even the slimmest of leads are being given write-ups, including a particularly memorable front-page headline from British tabloid The Daily Star definitively announcing that Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, was in line to play the role. That story was based on the fact that Jackson had casually tweeted: “omg I wanna be the Doctor.”

Have patience, wait for the official word, and take everything else you might hear with a big pinch of salt.


Doctor Who returns in November with the 50th Anniversary Special.

Source: The Telegraph, Starburst, & The Daily Star [via Bleeding Cool]

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  1. Dominic cooper!

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  2. Ben Whishaw!

    • Bingo!

  3. My pics? Reece Shearsmith OR Alan Cumming……

    I barely remember Rory Kinnear from Skyfall.

    • I’ve only just realised how badly I want Alan Cumming to play The Doctor

  4. Haha, The Daily Star. They also promised Celebrity Big Brother would have Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff and “a big name Hollywood actor” but none of those appeared.

    Should be interesting because they managed to keep Matt Smith a secret until they aired a Doctor Who Confidential that named him and had an interview with him about having the role. Until then, no one had a clue.

    The same will happen here I can bet.

  5. Really? Please noooooooooooooooo! Domhnall Gleeson would be perfect. Kinnear would be the least exciting doctor since Sylvester McCoy. I hardly can’t remember him from any of the 007 films. He looks so boring. Sorry, but no… Domhnall Gleeson, Ben Whisaw or (if it was possible) Benedict Cumberbatch! I’d prefer a woman over Kinnear!!!

  6. My guess is there is a source from BBC, and they’ve purposely given out false info to either take attention away from the casting auditions of the real 12th Doctor or had Matt announce his resignation in the first place as a smokescreen to take peoples attention away from the last bit of filming for the anniversary. I hope its the second one and it was done so they could discreetly film some scenes with actors like Eccleston and/or Barrowman :) It makes sense cause i havnt heard a bit of news or seen a set picture of the anniversary since matt announced he’s leaving :P

  7. Haha, The Daily Star. They also promised Celebrity Big Brother would have Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff and “a big name Hollywood actor” but none of those appeared.

  8. I want Cillian Murphy.

    • Wouldn’t mind that.

  9. Naahhh, he just doesn’t have that Doctor Who ‘feel’ to him; out of all your suggestions, I would say Dominic Cooper is the best fit.

    • Exactly!!!!!!

  10. I’ve missed a bit here, is Smith off after the 50th Anniversary or is he still doing season 8?

    Kinner??? He’s a bit normal middle aged looking, doesn’t give me a “Doctor” vibe.

    If were looking at Skyfall actors, who was that Indie Chic, Tennant-esq fella who played Q?

    Back in a minute……

    • Right according to IMDB it’s some fella called Ben Whishaw, dunno if the guy can act but he’s got the look.

      Feel is just as important as chops. No good having a great actor if they don’t FEEL like the Doctor. On the flips side no point having someone who total feels like they belong in the Tardis but wouldn’t get cast in a nativity play.

      Need to be both, that’s why it’s always a hard casting choice…. if only Cumberbatch wasn’t Sherlock (although that show rocks also)

      • Ben Whishaw was in “Layer Cake” with Daniel Craig years ago (2004), he really hasn’t aged a day. he still looks like a teenager now.

        Playing Doctor Who takes up a lot of time and naming all these actors who are having good film careers starting up seems out of place. I can’t see them foregoing their movie careers for 4-5 years to go on a show that has far too many badly written and childish episodes for my liking. Something like “Luther” or “Sherlock” only have about three episodes per season, so they are easier to fit in amongst movies.

        I think it really is going to be someone nobody really knows very well.

        • Ben Whishaw also played Q in Skyfall…

          • Yes I know. That’s why I mentioned him in layer cake, and how he still looks so young.

  11. Who honsstly knows at this stage? The producers may but they are not telling so I look forward to finding out who will be taking over residence in the little blue box.

  12. It’d be nice to have anyone who’s not a white dude to play the role, change up the diversity a bit, but I’m not holding my breath for them to do that (or for most viewers to accept it either lbr).

  13. He also played the lead in ‘Perfume:Story of Murderer’. Now that was acting.
    I’d still prefer Dominic Cooper though.

  14. One things fer certain if a UK “red top” is saying it its 100% BS

    If the tabloidss were correct about doctor who stephen fry would have already played the doctor 3 times to my knowledge and alan davis twice (amongst a plethora of others)

    Personally I wan’t to see damien molony in the role, I think he would be perfect for it tbh

  15. Richard Madden who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones

  16. Julie Andrews!

  17. Tom Wlaschiha – who played the assassin Jaqen H’ghar in season 2 of ‘Game of Thrones’.

  18. Hugh Laurie is the only person to play the 12th doctor!

    • Oh yes Hugh Laurie would be perfection as would Alan Cumming. However, the Doctor seem to be getting younger each regeneration and since the reboot all of the actors playing him have a strong theater background. If I was laying odds I would look towards young males in theater rather than big name actors.

      I have not enjoyed Matt Smith as much as the other incarnations. He had such great material and supporting actors to work with, but he really seemed to spin (literally spin in circles) too much. There were only a few episodes where I could see he connected to his character however, there were so few of those. I am still morning David Tennant… and the end of Torchwood.

  19. doctor who

    and a pity they were perfect together river and the eleventh doctor a couple breathtaking we would have views of the beautiful with two brilliant minds so river and the doctor thinks for a bit if they had children of children with a higher than normal intelligence would have been even greater than their rocking I wish that Steven Moffat took all this into consideration we’ll see you never know he is so unpredictable it would be fantastic I will not even that this pair river and the doctor to separate river and the eleventh doctor to imitate a pair ready to give our lives for one another for me this is true love it would be really wonderful if the next companion of the Doctor was just his wife river song at least a lot of fans would not be disappointed

    and the one that most want not disappoint us Moffat would be a shame if I decide not accognere our demands and expectations Well you can always improvise saving unexpected the doctor’s wife many would be happy

    then saw that triggered the twelfth hour and if I’m not mistaken would be the last the life of the doctor would be a nice happy ending

    What aspects Moffat run to save the teacher River Song in that library

  20. We do not want you to go doctor is still with us
    together with Professor River Song
    a pair breathtaking

  21. at least he found an alternative as they did with rose and the tenth doctor
    in episode end of the journey

  22. do not go away eleventh doctor

  23. remains together with your wife

  24. the only solution would be that in fact the Professor River Song
    not really dead but just in a pharmacological coma
    and why you can get in touch with the doctor
    by moffat not make me beg
    would be a nice Christmas gift
    For Christmas Is You do what you can not ever do