Have your say: Who should be the Thirteenth Doctor?

February 9th, 2017
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

Ok, so Peter Capaldi hasn’t even left yet, but it’s practically impossible to avoid all of the ongoing speculation surrounding his successor, so we thought we might as well get involved!

Besides, it’s been a hot topic of conversation since before his departure was even announced, with Tom Weston-Jones emerging as a very early favourite to take over the TARDIS back in January of last year. Now that Peter’s exit is an undeniable reality, though, the time has come once again to put forward who you think would make for a reputable replacement.

And where do you even begin? In the build up to the Thirteenth Doctor’s unveiling, it’s safe to say that every name under the sun will be put forward as a potential candidate, and it would seem that the sky’s the limit when it comes to predicting an incoming Time Lord.

Don’t worry, though, because here is where you can discuss and dissect your pick of dream Doctors, from the realistic to the downright bonkers. Whether it’s wishful thinking or if you genuinely believe your choice has got what it takes to become our latest defender of the universe, let us know who has already got your vote in that there comments section below.

Should the new Doctor be an established actor or a relatively unknown? Do you agree with Billie Piper that a female Doctor would be a “timely” move, or has the franchise fixated a televisual tradition that should never be broken? Whatever you’ve got to say, here is the place to say it! There are exciting times ahead. On Christmas Day 2017, he/she’s a-comin’!

5 comments on this article
  1. Tim
    February 9th, 2017 at 1.38pm | #1

    I’d like to see the role go to Kris Marshall, I see him as being a quirky Doctor along the lines of Troughton’s 2nd Doctor but could see him being to able to pull off dark and serious as needed. Plus, kind of ginger so that would be something crossed of the Doctor’s wishlist

  2. JC
    February 11th, 2017 at 3.07pm | #2


    I can see your thinking. I liked him in as Nick in My Family and Humphrey in Death In Paradise, which he’s obviously just left, but I’m not sure about how well he’d do serious gravitas. Also, he quit Death In Paradise to spend more time with his family and Doctor Who requires you to be in Wales for however many months a year, which admittedly is much easier to travel to and from than the Caribbean, but it still represents a massive commitment.

  3. Patrick
    February 11th, 2017 at 4.19pm | #3

    I was thinking of John Boyega and even Oscar Isaac who yes I know is American but I still think he’d portray the Doctor really well!

  4. JoshRrr
    March 6th, 2017 at 1.59pm | #4

    I started watching that new Dirk Gently TV show on Netflix yesterday and the minute he showed up on screen I realised; Samuel Barnett would be amazing as the Doctor!
    In the show he plays Dirk Gently (who is essentially the Doctor in terms of eccentricity) and he has so much charisma, energy, comedic eccentricities I smile every time he is on screen! And at the same time he’s shown a good range over angry or sad emotions. Every time his character says something like “I’m an expert into getting in trouble, getting out is a different matter!” I instantly think “That’s what the Doctor would say!”

    He has a decent amount of Film/TV roles and award nominations under his belt, achieved a lot of attention through Theatre Work. And for the crowd of people wanting a PC Doctor, Samuel Barnett is openly homosexual, so that would be interesting having the first Gay actor to play the Doctor.
    This is the first time I’ve actively wanted a specific person to play The Doctor, I would love for him to be the next man behind the TARDIS!

  5. Scott
    June 6th, 2017 at 9.20am | #5

    A clue is the next doctors surname is Nolan, fact

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