‘Doctor Who’: 7 Realistic Casting Choices for the 12th Doctor

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 5th, 2013 at 6:44 pm, This is a list post.

7 Realistic Casting Choices for the Twelfth Doctor

doctor-who-matt-smith-david-tennant Ever since Matt Smith announced that he would be leaving Doctor Who after three seasons and a 50th anniversary special, there has been fevered speculation as to who might be his replacement. UK bookies are currently offering favorable odds on Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint and - amongst many others - Sherlock star Martin Freeman, who is currently adventuring in Middle-earth as he films The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, however, was neither a bookies' favorite nor a popular demand, but was instead someone that almost no one had ever heard of before, let alone nominated for the lead role. With that in mind, here's a list of a few potential candidates who could handle the role and who could realistically dedicate the next stage of their careers to playing the Doctor, but whose names haven't cropped up on many lists so far. In the spirit of regeneration, this list is both gender and color blind. We have, however, only selected actors and actresses who have not already guest-starred on the show (an ever-dwindling number). Read on to find out which possible actors for the 12th Doctor Who might have been missed in the speculation so far.

Riz Ahmed

riz-ahmed-doctor-who Highlighting an actor best known for playing roles in gritty urban dramas, who also releases hip-hop records under the name Riz MC, as a good candidate for a PHD in time travel is unlikely to win an instantaneous round of assent. After all, the popular public image of the Doctor - particularly in his most recent incarnation - consists of the eccentricity, stuffiness and old-fashioned thinking that is expected of a man who is hundreds of years old and still thinks bow ties are cool. However, since the Doctor isn't canonically fixed to any particular physical age, skin color or gender, what matters in casting is not who the actor is, but what they can do. In his still-young career, Ahmed has displayed some impressive range, whether playing a sympathetic suicide bomber in Chris Morris' dark but hilarious comedy Four Lions, or fighting off zombies in Charlie Brooker's Dead Set. It would be interesting to see what he might do when handed a sonic screwdriver and the keys to a TARDIS. Watch a clip of Riz Ahmed tackling a drone in Four Lions: <iframe width="410" height="231" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nxJlqapu3zE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Damien Molony

damien-molony-doctor-who This casting choice has actually been mentioned in a few other places, but might not be obvious to those who haven't seen the UK version of Being Human, which Molony starred in for the last two seasons. Molony isn't yet a big-name actor, but there's a lot about him that just screams 'Doctor'. For starters, his best-known role to date is as a slightly out of touch, centuries-old creature with a tortured past and a rather quaint dress sense. Molony has more than typecasting going for him, though. While his performance in Being Human is occasionally a little overly theatrical, his ability to switch from stammering, obsessive-compulsive neuroticism to haughty outrage and then to cold-hearted psychopathy, all within the same character and in the space of a single episode, is incredibly impressive, as is the unreserved way in which he throws himself into the role. Now that Being Human has come to an end, Molony is sure to move on to bigger things: could Doctor Who be one of them? Watch Damien Molony play a poor game of dominoes in Being Human: <iframe width="410" height="231" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BCqyxdOtTOY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Michelle Gomez

michelle-gomez-green-wing Green Wing star Stephen Mangan has said in the past that he'd love to play the role of the Doctor and recently even tweeted a picture of himself in a long scarf in front of London Bridge, prompting a flurry of rumors that he'd secretly been cast (rumors that he has since denied). Since the rest of the Internet more or less has this rumor covered, let's take some time out to argue in favor of another Green Wing cast member who would be a great choice for the role. For those not familiar with the show, Green Wing is a rough British analogue of Scrubs: a sitcom set in a hospital with humor that often borders on the dark and surreal. Glaswegian-born actress Michelle Gomez plays the hospital's staff liaison officer, Sue White, whose job in theory is, "to soothe, to bathe, to listen to the worker's woes." The character is something of a fan-favorite, and Gomez has an uncanny talent for comedic timing and deadpan humor. Besides, the ability to baffle enemies into submission would probably come in handy for the Doctor. Watch Michelle Gomez give some interesting views on religion in Green Wing: <iframe width="410" height="308" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/grEggB5ghqk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Ken Stott

ken-stott-doctor-who After spending the bulk of the rebooted Doctor Who series with a pair of fairly young (in visage, anyway) and excitable Doctors, it's possible that the show's producers might decide to change things up after Smith's departure and hire a slightly older actor, with perhaps a gruffer edge to the characterization. With that in mind, 58 year-old veteran crime procedural actor Ken Stott, who made a name for himself with shows like Messiah and Rebus, would be a fairly dramatic change that could end up paying off very well. Stott is currently filming Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy in New Zealand, playing the role of Thorin Oakenshield's grizzled old advisor, Balin, and wearing a very impressive beard and set of facial prosthetics. He has an enviable amount of screen presence, a very distinctive voice, and could probably quell any alien attack with the sheer power of his stern glare. Watch Ken Stott unravelling a grisly mystery in Messiah: <iframe width="410" height="231" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_RYf-tDeXaA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Joseph Gilgun

joseph gilgun doctor who An irrepressibly charismatic actor, Joseph Gilgun's first feature-film role earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the British Independent Film Awards. The role in question was Woody, the friendly skinhead in Shane Meadows' critically-acclaimed, semi-autobiographical drama This is England, and Gilgun went on to reprise the role in the subsequent TV series This is England '86. Sci-fi fans, however, will probably recognize Gilgun from offbeat "superhero" show Misfits, in which he played a young offender carrying out his community service, whilst also dealing with the problem of having a very literal split personality. He's certainly got the energy required to play the Doctor, and already has a place in many people's hearts thanks to his appearances on British soaps and his much-praised performance in Meadows' work. Watch Joseph Gilgun demonstrating how to handle the police in Misfits: <iframe width="410" height="231" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q-1QxBO-xCU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Richard Coyle

richard-coyle-doctor-who Probably only a dozen people on the planet actually remember Strange, a short-lived supernatural drama in which Richard Coyle played an ex-priest who dedicates his life to hunting down demons. It's been ten years since Strange was unceremoniously cancelled after only six episodes - and a season that ended on a cliffhanger - but the sting of disappointment hasn't quite faded yet. For those dozen people, I mean. Coyle has kept busy in the interim years, starring alongside Johnny Depp in The Libertine and more recently playing the lead in Luis Prieto's recent remake of early Nicholas Winding Refn crime thriller Pusher. He has just the right mix of comedic and straight roles on his resumé to make him a good fit for Doctor Who, capable of tackling both the light-hearted aspects of the show and the more serious, emotional aspects. Watch Richard Coyle getting into deep trouble in the trailer for Pusher: <iframe width="410" height="231" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tfRt3Y6zSvQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Paddy Considine

paddy-considine-doctor-who An honorable mention for Mr. Considine, who heard that people were rooting for him to become the next Doctor, and took to Twitter to politely decline the role. Odds are 50:1 that he's already been cast and this is a clever bluff.

matt-smith-doctor-who-eleventh Those are just seven of the many actors who might have already been cast in the role of the Twelfth Doctor - each of whom would be sure to create their own personal interpretation of the character. But will the Doctor Who producers announce a name completely out of left field, or will Smith's successor be one of the many popular choices already named on multiple lists and being betted on at bookies across Britain? If you think you know who the next Doctor should - or will - be, then don't keep your thoughts to yourself. Share your nominee(s) in the comments. _____ Doctor Who returns in November with the 50th Anniversary Special.
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  1. I say Benedict Cumberbatch would make a great doctor because well i love his acting and he is awesome

    • I could easily picture him as the Doctor. I bet he’d sport the bowtie well and it’d be nice to see him in a less serious role than what he usually does.

    • Oh God…..Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Who…..that would be amazing…

    • I cant see Benedict Cumberbatch as the doctor, I could see him as the Master though. I would like to see Idris Elba as the doctor.

      • I agree, i think idris would be a great choice to be the doctor. seriously someone make that guy the doctor and i will never ask for anything ever again.

    • but if benny becomes the doctor, what will happen to sherlock!?!?!?!?

      • well, if he does become the Doctor, the you cancel Sherlock, but I think Robert Downey, Jr. would be a better Doctor Who!

      • Well, if he does become the Doctor, the you cancel Sherlock, but I think RobertDowney, Jr. would be the best Doctor Who!

    • I don’t think Coyle would be as billerant as Robert Downey, Jr or even Patrick Stewart … maybe even Morgan Freeman!

  2. It would be an absolute dream, but what do you think about perhaps Tom Hiddleston??

    • I am right there with you. We could finally have a ginger doctor.

  3. Personally I`m divided in my stance in regards to who should the 12th Doctor, I have an idea for lesser known actors and quite well known ones among popular opinion. Personally I myself have wanted to play The Doctor, I know its going to happen anytime soon but it was something I would do even for free. Now in terms of who should play the Doctor and some of these choices are not too specific within the requirements of the previously played Doctors.

    1. Johnny Depp
    2. James Franco
    3. Jim Carey
    4. Joseph Gordon Levitt
    5. Idris Elba
    6. Alan Rickman
    7. Andrew Lee Potts
    8. Morgan Freedman
    9. Tom Hiddleston

    I don`t want the next Doctor be a woman although I have nothing against a concept revolving around a Time Lady back story however Natalie Portman would be interesting.

    • But Doctor Who is British.. An American actor will never quite do the role justice!
      I think its important to get the age right too.. Race doesn’t seem to be a factor however gender could end up swaying fans.

  4. Although many wouldn`t agree with me, these choices would still be quite hilarious!!!

    1. Gordon Ramsay
    2. Simon Cowell
    3. Piers Morgan

  5. I would have read this if it weren’t an infernal slide show. I know you’re looking for page views, but I’m looking to not have to use my mouse.

    • Seriously?! Are you really so lazy you can’t even click a button?

  6. I don’t think any of those seven have even the slightest chance of being the Twelfth Doctor. Coyle and Considine could have had longlongshot chances if needing work, but both are too big/booked up with work. At one point I thought Gilgun would be inspired casting, but his accent is just tootootoo much– have never seen any perfomance of his in which he did a decently erudite sounding accent, it is always a rough and “street” level accent(NTAWWT).

    My fav horses in the race (or not in the race but I wish they were, face it, none of us likely has even hit on the name of the actor who will be Twelfth) are

    Rory Kinnear (bookiefav lol, would need a wig, can act but not act hair)
    Andrew Scott (too well-known because Moriarty? May be booked up)
    Chris Addison (can he do serious bits? Is he too thin?)
    And for s&g, Domnhall Gleeson (has matured since HP, but acting chops?)

  7. I am wanting either Billy Connelly (Scottish-very funny-good throw back to an older Doctor) or Sean Pertwee (homage to his dad Jon; great actor to boot!)

  8. Personally I`m divided in my stance in regards to who should the 12th Doctor, I have an idea for lesser known actors and quite well known ones among popular opinion. I’d still like to see David Tennant revised back though. Now in terms of who should play the Doctor and some of these choices are not too specific within the requirements of the previously played Doctors & are not in any special order either.

    1. Alexander Siddig
    2. Avery Brooks
    3. Brad Pitt
    4. Ciaran McMenamin
    5. Ian McKellen
    6. Michael Dorn
    7. Morgan Freeman
    8. Patric Stewart
    9. Rene Auberjonois
    10. Robert Downey Jr.
    11. Tom Hiddleston

    Tell me what you think or say about MY picks. I’d like to know!

  9. I know a lot of people think they are going to cast a female doctor but I just don’t see that happening. I also don’t see them casting an older actor again because they would lose some of their female viewers if the doctor is not a young “hot” guy. I also don’t see them casting an actor that is not British.

    My pick would be Benedict Cumberbatch. He is a great actor, and I would like to see him play a more fun friendly character. We know he plays a good bad guy (Star Trek) and a great anti hero (Sherlock) but I have never seen him play a real good guy. I don’t think this has a chance at happening but I would like to see it. If not the next doctor a couple episodes as the master would be the next best thing.

    • Granted I’m a male heterosexual but I never saw Matt Smith as hot. Nor any of his 10 predecessors, for that matter. But one thing’s for sure: until now, each new incarnation of the Doctor seemed younger than the previous one.

  10. Forget all these guys. The best choice for the 12th Doctor would be Jaime Murray, who plays HG Wells in Warehouse 13. Affordable, has that undefinable “thing” all the Doctors have.

    They will never use an A-list actor like Johnny Depp, nor an American. The Doctor is completely and totally British.

    • Actually David Tennant is scotish, sooooooooo who’s to say they won’t. And I think Robert Downey Jr would be ABSOLUTELY perfect. Regardless, Tennant will always be my favorite and to see him back as the Doctor would be amazing…I even have a pretty sweet idea on how it would be possible too :)

      Can’t wait though I’ve had my fill of Matt Smith…

      • Yes David Tennant is Scottish.. but Scotland is part of Britain.. So the Doctor is and always should be British.. Maybe its time for a Welsh Doctor?

      • Rupert Grint is known as a Wizard & it would be too hard to think of him as a very good Doctor Who. Besides, too much RED hair. Can’t y’all think of someone other then Rupert … I mean, come on … use your imagination better! Think of someone better then a “Wanna be Wizard”!

        I TOTALLY AGREE, Robert Downey, Jr would be an AWESOME Doctor Who or someone else … just anyone BUT Grint!

    • Actually David Tennant is scotish, sooooooooo who’s to say they won’t. And I think Robert Downey Jr would be ABSOLUTELY perfect. Regardless, Tennant will always be my favorite and to see him back as the Doctor would be amazing…I even have a pretty sweet idea on how it would be possible too :)

      Can’t wait though I’ve had my fill of Matt Smith…

    • Actually David Tennant is scotish, sooooooooo who’s to say they won’t. And I think Robert Downey Jr would be ABSOLUTELY perfect. Regardless, Tennant will always be my favorite and to see him back as the Doctor would be amazing…I even have a pretty sweet idea on how it would be possible too :)

      Can’t wait though I’ve had my fill of Matt Smith…..

      • Yes David Tennant is Scottish.. but Scotland is part of Britain.. So the Doctor is and always should be British.. Maybe its time for a Welsh Doctor?

  11. Would love to see Paul McGann return as the Doctor.
    He really hasn’t aged much at all and he was great as the 8th Doc.

  12. I think Daniel Ratcliff would be a good Doctor.

  13. I’ve been giggling at all these comments with Tom Hiddleston. It would be amazing if he became the Doctor, absolutely fantastic. I’d say out of these seven Molony would be a great one.

  14. Jason Statham would make an amazing Doctor…. but just who the heck would they get to be his companion?

  15. Ryan Cartwright for the next doctor!!!! I really hope that no old ugly person gets the role! If that happens I think I’ll stop watching it!

  16. Ryan Cartwright for the next doctor!!!!

  17. Ryan Cartwright for the next doctor!!!! Thanks screen rant

    • Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know you want Ryan Cartwright, no need to repeat it three times in a row!

  18. 1. Anton Yelchin
    2. Benedict Cumberbatch
    3. James Franco

  19. Joseph Gilguns

  20. Seriously, no Tom Hiddleston? Riiiiiiight…

    • You think that Tom Hiddleston is a “realistic” choice?

  21. Ben Barnes? Played Dorian Gray and Prince Kaspian in Narnia
    Allen Leech?
    Thomas Brodie-Sangster.. If they were looking for an even younger Doctor
    I like the idea of Rupert Grint but I’m not sure he’s ready.
    Cumberbatch is the two obvious choice.. however I don’t think he’d bring anyrhing new to the Doctor like each previoua one has.. I think he’d just be a copy of previous Doctors

  22. I think Zachariah Hornes should be the next doctor who

  23. I think Zachariah Hornes should be the next doctor who or Riz Ahmed thinks Zachariah Hornes should play as doctor who

  24. I cannot stress enough the blind and outrageous assumptions that people are making about the 12th incarnation of the doctor. However, a popular actor who has been severely overlooked for the role is none other than Richard Madden, who portrays Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. The demise of his character from the series has made him free to act as the next doctor. He may be in a relationship with Jenna Coleman, but that would create a warm spark between the characters that would reflect on Moffats wrting style and create a ease between the two headline roles. Madden is perfect for a young doctor. He has the looks, the personality. He can be both serious and comic. In my opinion he is a perfect candidate for number 12, but other older actors could provide the perfect persona for the newly regenerated time lord, and win the hearts of the audience.

  25. Come on people.. Doctor Who is an iconic British television show with British actors playing The Doctor. It is HIGHLY unlikely that it will be an American actor playing the Doctor!
    Although an older actor would make sense I believe that they will stay with a younger actor, it’s hard to say!

    I personally would love Rupert Grint to play The Doctor or Ben Whishaw I think would be quite an interesting choice.
    Looking forward to the new series… not sure if I want to know on Sunday though, I think it would be a great surprise when he regenerates.

  26. I would really love a female doctor! It would be brilliant! They could have so much fun with the doctor trying to get to grips with the situation!!! I hunk they should!

  27. I would really love a female doctor! It would be brilliant! They could have so much fun with the doctor trying to get to grips with the situation!!! I think they should!

  28. Does anyone else think that Andrew Scott would make a great doctor? People are mentioning Benedict Cumberbatch but I highly doubt that’ll happen as BBC won’t want one actor monopolizing their 2 biggest shows. So, Andrew Scott? Maybe? Please…

  29. -Aidan Turner
    -Rubert grint
    -Robert Sheehan
    -Damien Malony
    -Andrew lee potts
    -Iwan Rheon

    • damien malony all the way i love being human hes a great actor and i lvoe him

      • love*