When it comes to iconic TV roles, few characters can compare to Doctor Who's The Doctor. The character has existed as a science fiction staple for well over five decades, and plenty of well-known actors have had the opportunity to put their own spins on the part. With current Doctor Peter Capaldi gearing up to step down from the role after Series 10, speculation has run wild as to who will take on the part. Now it seems that BBC may have found Capaldi's replacement in the form of British actor Kris Marshall.
A new report from The Sun indicates that actor Kris Marshall may be gearing up to step in as the new Doctor once Peter Capaldi steps down from the beloved role. The report suggests that Marshall has already officially been cast in the role and that he is slated to "regenerate" as soon as Capaldi leaves. BBC has vehemently denied these suggestions, but the fact that Kris Marshall officially announced his departure from the series Death in Paradise so close to the announcement that Capaldi was leaving Doctor Who seems too convenient just to be a coincidence.
The possible announcement of a new Doctor stepping in to take Peter Capaldi's place has come far sooner than expected for fans of Doctor Who. Capaldi had initially announced that he would depart from the iconic role at Christmas, but a recent trailer for Series 10 seemed to suggest that the regeneration will take place much sooner than that. Check out the trailer below to see for yourself.
For Kris Marshall to potentially take on the role of The Doctor certainly makes quite a bit of sense -- even if it seems a bit uninspired. Conversations about Peter Capaldi's possible replacement dominated social media for months, with arguably more progressive choices like Hayley Atwell and Idris Elba rising to the top of fan suggestions in forums. That said, there's obviously no shame in falling back on an archetype that works, so we will have to wait and see what Kris Marshall ultimately brings to the classic TV role -- if he actually ends up becoming the new Doctor.