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How The New Doctor Who Showrunner Will Approach Casting A New Doctor

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who Final Season

With Peter Capaldi exiting his role of the Doctor, on BBC's Doctor Who, the search is on for a replacement. Season 10, which premieres this year, will not only be the actor's final season, but the last season for current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, with Chris Chibnall taking over next season. A lot of fans have their eye on Chibnall and are very curious to figure out who he has in mind for the 13th Doctor. Chris Chibnall doesn't appear to have found anyone for the role yet, but recently explained his plans for finding the next Doctor for the series:

We'll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn't go out and cast an abstract idea... The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we're going to do, without even knowing who's going to play the part.

Seeing as Season 10 hasn't even premiered yet, it's safe to say that the script for Season 11 has yet to be completed and that there are no decisions being made regarding the next Doctor at this moment. It will be interesting to see what direction the series goes in after Peter Capaldi's departure, and who the series will cast in the role following his exit. Will Chris Chibnall opt to go back to the formula of young and attractive doctors, or stay with older men like Capaldi and the classic Doctors? Of course, Chris Chibnall's quote to the Telegraph seemingly hints at something fans of the series have talked about for a long time. Will Season 11 be the premiere season of a non-white Doctor of the male or female variety?

The discussion of a non-white and/or female Doctor has been on the table of discussion for awhile now, and Chris Chibnall could be the one to pull the trigger. Historically, The Doctor has been white, male, and from the UK. While I don't imagine too many people are expecting the next Doctor to be from another country, the show could very well go in a different direction with the casting. The only real question is if it is in the cards, who?

Popular betting odds fall on legendary actress Tilda Swinton, but I think she's a bit too high profile for the role. The actress last appeared on television in a 2012 episode of Getting On, and before that she hadn't appeared in any role but narration since 1993. London raised Hayley Atwell has shown interest in the series, and has gained some fan support in saying so. As far as non-white men for the series, former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has said the role oftThe Doctor was offered to a black actor prior. While Moffat wouldn't say whom, specifically, he did say that ultimately things didn't work out.

Before we get crazy with speculation, let's just remember that all this quote from Chris Chibnall states is that they're open to casting "whoever" and it doesn't necessarily guarantee the new Doctor won't be white, male, or from the UK. Even the mere suggestion though has me feeling like Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber saying "There's a chance!" Ultimately, I don't care who the new Doctor is as long as the series picks the right person for the job. Doctor Who will return for Season 10 on April 15th along with other new series Class. You can check both out on our midseason premiere guide.

Mick Joest

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.