Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor?


So with the Eleventh Doctor now regenerating at the end of this year, who will be the Twelfth Doctor?

Fans have poured their hearts out for these actors to portray The Doctor. BBC has not started casting for the next Doctor especially since they just announced Smith’s departure from the show.

People have been creating wishlists and creating petitions for the next Doctor.

Here are to name a few:

Simon Pegg

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Pegg has been in a Doctor Who episode already in The Long Game as The Director – the villain who helped an alien control the humans by means of the media. But that hasn’t stopped others from becoming compaions and even The Doctor himself (Colin Baker was a minor part in an episode prior to becoming The Doctor).

Probability: Nope. Not going to happen. Pegg is working on movies and his schedule just won’t fit playing The Doctor.

Helen Bonham Carter

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Fans have been cheering for a female Doctor and felt Carter would portray the Doctor perfectly. With her witty personality and quirky charm, Carter would be an amazing Timelord.

Probability: Nope. Like Pegg, Carter would not be able to fit portraying The Doctor due to time constraints.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

He’s perfect… let me count the ways: looks, acting, quirky behavior, the voice, he’s already part of the BBC family, lovable, and those eyes.

Probability: Not a chance. Cumberbatch is busy with BBC’s Sherlock and his many upcoming appearances. He was asked to audition for the 10th Doctor but decided against it due to his friendship with David Tennant and instead became Sherlock Holmes.

Idris Elba

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Known to be a serious actor, Idris Elba could transform the Doctor into a true bada**. Plus, maybe we could see some hilarity from the dramatic actor and that would make it even more funny.

Probability: Low. This will not fit in his schedule of amazing projects – including BBC’s Luther and his many films.

Lara Pulver

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If not Sherlock, why not BBC Sherlock’s Irene Adler? Lara Pulver is another female fan favorite to portray the 12th Doctor. She is witty, cunning, brilliant actress and absolutely stunning. She played a brilliant thief in Sherlock, why not a brilliant Timelord?

Probability: Low. Pulver has stated she is not keen on playing The Doctor if fans will not accept a female Doctor – and she may be right for now.

Rupert Grint

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Will the Doctor FINALLY be a ginger?!?! Several fans have been wanting the Harry Potter star to portray The Doctor and even created a Facebook pages: Rupert Grint for the Next Doctor Who, Rupert Grint as Doctor Who, and Rupert Grint the 12th Doctor. I guess the wand was a good audition for the sonic screwdriver use.

Probability: Medium. With his fame as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, it may be difficult for him to become The Doctor. The role of The Doctor typically goes to lesser known (but still amazing) actors. Who knows? Moffat may decide to finally make the Doctor a ginger and choose one who has been part of the fantasy world.

Henry Ian Cusick

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Known for his role as Desmond in ABC’s LOST, Henry Ian Cusick is a fan favorite for the role of The Doctor. He is known to play more serious parts, so could he play a little goofy? Possibly. He does have a Facebook fan page: Henry Ian Cusick for the next Doctor.

Probability: Low. He was just cast in a new Fall show called, “The 100″.


James McAvoy

James McAvoy Doctor Who

He’s cute, funny, serious, Scottish, and has played Professor Xavier! Why not?! He would be a great Doctor.

Probability: Low. With his busy schedule, playing the Doctor would not be possible.


James or Oliver Phelps

james oliver phelps doctor who

Other possible gingers – well, they aren’t really gingers, just in Harry Potter… but still! We KNOW them as gingers! Plus, if one is sick – the other could come take over! Plus, if the Doctor needs to split into two again, this would be the perfect scenario!!! They are not as big of a name as Rupert Grint and honestly, without their orange hair, I would not had recognized them.

Probability: Medium. You could get two for the price of one!


Michael Sheen

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Possibly one of my favorites! Michael Sheen can do it all – he could appear evil (like an Oncoming Storm), he could be extremely silly and hilarious, and he could just be brilliant like he does in everything he does. He’s an underrated actor and maybe Moffat could see what we all see – brilliance.

He was also in a Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife as House – just his voice really.

Probability: Low. He has tons of gigs (including Showtime’s Masters of Sex) lined up and will be too busy to portray the Doctor. Unless… Moffat convinces him somehow!


David Morissey


He WAS the fake “Doctor” in the Doctor Who episode The Next Doctor. He has the acting chops and experience with a “sonic screwdriver.” Why not just make him the real Doctor?

Probability: Low. With the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Morissey isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.


Laurence Fox

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Many people know Laurence Fox as DS James Hathaway in the British series Inspector Lewis. Many people also know him as Billie Piper’s (Rose Tyler) husband. Either way, he has been mentioned by fans as a potential Doctor. Keep it in the Who family! I’m not sure how to feel because he seems very serious. Maybe it’s time for a serious Doctor?

Probability: Low. With him and Billie Piper set to move to the US next year, it seems very unlikely he would become The Doctor.


Harry Lloyd

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You may have recognized him in a two-part episode of Doctor Who portraying a part of the alien “Family of Blood” wanting the Doctor’s energy in Human Nature and The Family of Blood. His performance in that episode caught the attention of past Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies. But we know, it’s Moffat and his team to decide.

Probability: Medium. He was a favorite previously and he isn’t a famous actor – which BBC tends to prefer.


David Walliams

David Walliams doctor who

Known for his comedic roles, David Walliams has worked with the Doctor Who team prior to the Doctor Who reboot in Doctor Who parodies with DW writer/producer Mark Gatiss. He also is a Doctor Who enthusiast and appeared as Gibbis in Doctor Who’s The God Complex. He could bring a little comedy to The Doctor.

Probability: Low. Did I mention he’s also a host, actor and children’s author? He’s in a series of shows and really… time won’t permit it.


Michael Heap

Michael Heap Doctor Who

This guy could be ANYONE. He is a really great character actor who could pull of any look and personality. Could he become the next Doctor because he could basically create the Doctor to whoever he wants (or whatever Moffat wants). He could pull it off. I’ve seen him in multiple films and thought, “is that the same guy?!”

Probability: Low. He has not worked with any of the Doctor Who team previously and honestly has been mentioned by a small number of fans.


Russell Tovey

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Another favorite of Davies, Tovey was asked to audition for the role of The Doctor, but he felt he was not ready yet. Maybe it’s about time? If Davies saw some potential in this actor, why not? And honestly, his ears would make him really memorable. They’re adorable!

Probability: Medium. He already has shows in process, but I think if he had the opportunity to become The Doctor, he should – especially with Davies endorsement.

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There are plenty of more actors/actresses on the list of potential 12th Doctors.

What are your thoughts? Choices? WHO would you like to see as the Doctor?

From around the web:
  • Brian A Dunlap

    Andrew Scott, Moriarty from “Sherlock”.

    • Laura

      Omg, that would be amazing!

  • Geoffrey

    Hugh Laurie

    • Laura

      He would play a great Doctor, but this guy is doing everything in Hollywood right now.

  • Jean C.

    I think Ben Whishaw would make a great Doctor. Do you think he’d be any good, or that thee’s a chance?

    • Laura

      Ben Whishaw has a good chance because he was considered a favorite during Smith’s time. And with the recognition from Skydall, there is a god chance bc he is still not as big.

  • yolobobo

    ben whishaw

  • heydiddlehiddleston

    Tom Hiddleston would be awesome as the Doctor.

    • Laura

      He would but most likely not. I thought I added him on this list. He is on the low probability.

  • Justine McGovern

    Stephen Fry!

    • Laura

      That would be epic, but extremely low. He’s too well known.

  • Fallnorth

    Only Radcliffe. He should kill HP in our minds.

    • Laura

      Very unlikely in probability but yeah, he needs to break from bing Harry.

  • Howard Carson

    Paterson Joseph… ‘nuf said

    • Laura

      He was on the list I was going to type but it got long, I will add this later but he’s low due to his numerous media appearances. This guy is busy!

  • annabones

    uhm, yes and YES to Harry Lloyd. *please moffat* such incredible acting skills that not alot of people know about.

    • Laura

      Moffat has control!

  • Léa

    Tom Hiddleston or James McAvoy *-*

  • Zelda Pinwheel

    Disregarding probability, my top four would be: Eddie Izzard, Helen Mirren, Aiden Turner or Tilda Swinton.

    • Laura

      Oh man, disregarding probability, totally Sheen or Cumberbatch

  • Cherryk

    Andrew Lee Potts

  • J Stapleton

    To mix things up how’s about a visibly more mature actor, like Hugh Quarshie or Julian Sands… Chris Barrie or Rhys Ifans each would make an excellent Doctor. Are we expecting a return of the Master at some point too? Is the Silence the void left in the Master’s mind by the lack of the Sound of Drums??

  • Rio

    Alexander Siddig

  • Liam

    David Morissey would be excellent it’s time to have an older doctor again.

  • Matt

    Hugh Laurie, with the added benefit of Stephen Fry as the Master.

  • Megan

    Andrew Lee-Potts ! 😉

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  • Lady La

    Mos Def!

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  • Anonymous

    If “Super Clyde” gets picked up, I doubt Rupert Grint would have time either (as much as I love him).

  • swag

    Gabe Newell.

  • MadManWithABox

    Robert Sheehan (Misfits) = 12th Doctor.

  • Steve

    I firmly believed that Damien Molony of Being Human should be on this list.

    • Laura

      Please see new list. – Laura

  • Jim

    Richard Ayoade

  • Alffa Kennybody

    I can’t stand people who want people from very iconic roles to play the Doctor (Tom Hiddlestone, Daniel Radcliffe, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc.), people who have already been in the series (Russell Tovey, James Corden, even John Simm and Dave Morrisey) or, quite simply, women. Call me sexist, but the Doctor is a man. End of. The one person I really want to see is Tony Gardner. Through all the lists of potential Doctors I’ve been through, he’s only been mentioned at the very bottom of the list but regardless I can imagine him being a very good Doctor, it’ll be nice to have a man in his forties, as opposed to ten year-old Matt Smith.

    • Laura

      You do know Colin Baker was in the series prior to being cast as The Doctor.

      Also, most of the companions.

  • Mareike

    James ans Oliver Phelps <3 both^^ <3 <3 <3

  • Karen Mason

    Mark (not Michael) Heap all the way for me!

  • Jeff

    havent they always casted unknowns? Though i think hugh laurie would be a funny possibilty too haha

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