David Tennant says that there is a slim possibility that Olivia Colman will be taking the Doctor Who mantle next. Since the announcement that the 12th and current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, will be stepping down from the gig at the end of season 10 (with his last appearance being at the show's 2017 Christmas Special), talks about the search for a new show lead, this time potentially a female, has once again roused. And currently, Colman is one of the fan-favorites for the gig.
The push for a female Doctor is nothing new. It has been going on for several years now. However, with a major shake-up both in front and behind the camera of Doctor Who, coupled with the campaign for diversity in media, calls for casting the first female Doctor have been more prominent than ever.
Tennant, who served as the 10th iteration of the iconic character, recently opened up to EW about the possibility of Colman doing the job. Unfortunately for fans of the actress wanting to see her in some timey wimey adventures, Tennant says there is only a minuscule chance that Colman will be taking it:
“I really don’t think that’s a serious option. Olivia is busier than any other actor on Earth. I don’t think she’d be able to suddenly take four years to go to Cardiff. I don’t think her schedule would really allow it whether she wanted it or not.”
Aside from Colman, other frontrunners for the coveted role include Tilda Swinton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Maxine Peake. At one point, Agent Carter alum, Hayley Atwell was very vocal about wanting to play the Doctor. But more recently, she backtracked on her comments explaining that she feels that she does not really suit the character well.
Meanwhile, a couple of reports have surfaced earlier this month suggesting that the next Doctor may have already been cast. Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davis has teased the identity but did not name drop anyone. Moving forward, all options are possible for Doctor Who's upcoming 11th season. The show could make some drastic changes, especially with the exit of Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat -- who cast both Capaldi and his predecessor Math Smitt.
The penultimate episode titled 'World Enough and Time' of the current season may be pointing towards the show finally introducing its first female lead with the 12th Doctor saying “We’re the most civilized civilization in the universe. We’re billions of years beyond your petty human obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes.” It's really up to incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall to make the necessary decisions so we can finally get the first female iteration of the iconic TV character.