With Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor set to exit the series following this year’s Christmas special, there have been a swirl of rumors about who might succeed him on Doctor Who. Previous reports have suggested that Chewing Gum actress actress Michaela Coel could be under consideration, along with Death in Paradise actor Kris Marshall. But a new report adds two more names to the list: Luke Treadaway (Fortitude) and Sacha Dhawan (Iron Fist).
While many have hoped to see a female Doctor, it appears the British sci-fi series isn’t heading in that direction. Radio Times contends producers had considered casting a female Doctor early on, but they’ve since ruled that out.
As of now, Treadaway and Dhawan are said to be “in the race” for the highly coveted gig, with Treadway drawing interest from the Doctor Who team following his work on the Sky Atlantic series Fortitude. Dhawan, who is coming off of Marvel’s Iron Fist, previously expressed his interest in Doctor Who, telling Radio Times he would “absolutely” love to do it.
Treadaway offered his own response to the latest report that’s certainly open to interpretation:
— Luke Treadaway (@LukeTreadaway) May 12, 2017
It’s unknown whether we’ll see the Doctor regenerate on screen in this year’s Christmas special. However, it’s expected that incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall and new executive producer Matt Strevens will announce a Capaldi’s successor relatively soon.
Starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and Matt Lucas as Nardole, Doctor Who airs Saturdays on BBC and BBC America.
(via Screen Rant)