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Another Name Linked to the Role of the Thirteenth Doctor

Another week, another rumour about who will play the Thirteenth Doctor when Peter Capaldi regenerates. This one’s more interesting than those “Miranda Hart should be the Doctah” opinion pieces. It’s Luke Treadaway.
According to the Radio Times, which quotes a mysterious source which might or might not be a terraformer on the planet Messaline, Treadaway is “in the race” for the coveted part, alongside An Adventure in Space and Time‘s Sacha Dhawan.
You might know Luke for his leading role as James Bowen in the film, A Street Cat Named Bob, based on the book of the same name by Bowen, who was a busker accompanied by a loyal ginger cat called – you guessed it – Nigel Bob. His other notable parts include Vincent Rattrey in Fortitude, the Sky drama that starred Christopher Eccleston for a whole episode; the voice of Raymond Briggs in the beautiful Ethel & Ernest; and Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. For that starring role, he won a 2013 Olivier Award.
The next Doctor will be chosen by incoming showrunner, Chris Chibnall; Head of BBC Drama, Piers Wenger (former executive producer for Doctor Who); new executive producer, Matt Strevens (producer of An Adventure in Space and Time); and Charlotte Moore, BBC Head of Content.
Personally, I’d love Dhawan to be the next Doctor. He’s a fantastic actor and would bring something really interesting to the series. Mind you, I’ve not really seen Treadaway in much, so can’t judge. But what do you think? Do either Luke or Sacha get your vote…?

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

7 thoughts on “Another Name Linked to the Role of the Thirteenth Doctor

  1. If we wait long enough, just about any actor currently working will be put in the frame. I am convinced, not only that the part has already been cast, but that the actor has already started filming.

    1. The only doubt, to an actor already working in the part, is that in this internet age I can’t imagine a new actor being kept a secret; even if the cast and crew are sworn to secrecy, it just takes one loose gob to ruin the surprise: remember the accidental revelation of Eccleston’s departue. If it’s a ‘badly-kept’ secret and the BBC is just keeping its nerve, then it indicates that Kris Marshal is the one. Admittedly, they did manage to keep McGann’s reappearance fairly secret, but that news wouldn’t be as big as a new Doctor.

        1. I will concede, however, that it would be very refreshing if what you say is true and – in this internet age – they actually managed to keep a proper bone-fide secret and spring a proper surprise on the audience. Would love to see that. :o)

  2. I’m enjoying Capaldi, Mackie and Lucas – that’s all I need right now. Interestingly though, in a large group at a party last month, the various people who like Who and came over to ogle my scarf were astonished that it’s still open to debate. They thought Kris Marshall was a done deal. I said I hoped he was a stalking horse, and that there are machinations going on, but it seems the general public have absorbed the KM stuff as gospel.

  3. I see that the Mirror has said the Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the next Doctor. I wonder, is this the same Mirror that a few weeks ago said that Kris Marshall had already been cast and started filming?

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Another Name Linked to the Role of the Thirteenth Doctor

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