Following the news that current “Doctor Who” star Peter Capaldi would be stepping down from the role after this year, many have started to wonder who the next person to pick up a Sonic Screwdriver will be. In an interview with the Evening Standard, the 10th Doctor himself, David Tennant, shared his thoughts about who should replace Capaldi — and Tennant thinks it should be a woman.
Specifically, Tennant thinks that his “Broadchurch” co-star Olivia Colman would make a great Doctor. “Olivia would clearly be a magnificent choice. If you have the right people telling the right stories then it’s absolutely a possibility.” There’s actually a possibility that that could happen. “Broadchurch” creator Chris Chibnall will take over as “Doctor Who’s” showrunner at the end of this year, as current showrunner Steven Moffat is stepping down alongside Peter Capaldi.
Tennant did joke about the thought of his former “Broadchurch” co-star and boss having “Doctor Who” meetings without him. “If the two of them have been having top secret discussions behind my back I will be furious.”
On the larger topic of regeneration, which happens every time a lead actor leaves the “Doctor Who” franchise and is replaced by a new one, Tennant said it’s essential to the series. “People who know the show and love the show get very attached to actors in the role but are also excited about change and renewal and that’s how the show has managed to keep going over the years.”
“Doctor Who” will return for its latest season on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET on April 15. Immediately following the season premiere of “Doctor Who” will be the pilot episode of the spinoff series “Class,” an episode that includes the Twelfth Doctor making a guest appearance.
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