The rumour mill seems to be spitting out a fairly uniform product this week: that Paterson Joseph will be the eleventh Doctor.
(If you’re sick of next Doctor speculation, check out io9′s 45 coolest moments in Doctor Who history instead).
If it is going to be Joseph, I’m pleased (although there are other choices who would have pleased me just as much). He’s made some non-obvious choices in the roles he’s taken, he can do fierce/righteous and sweet/vulnerable (Lyndon with Harriet in Green Wing), and he has excellent comic timing. He is also quirky/hawt and can do smug/cocky at least as well as Tennant. As Comic Book Resources‘ Rich Johnston sez:
He does a great line in pompous, mischievous, inspiring, well-presented, well-spoken, with a big cheesey grin.
Photograph: Tristram Kenton, Source: The Guardian’s Theatre Blog
For those who aren’t familiar with his c.v., herewith follows a selection (starting with a Numberwang! skit from Mitchell & Webb, where he plays a gormless quiz contestant):
I couldn’t find a decent clip of him as Lyndon with Harriet, sadly – the stuff on line tends to be him playing the smug/cocky parts, in which he excels, but that’s not all he can do. The National Theatre has an e-trailer (what an excellent use of new media to promote live entertainment) showing teasers for Joseph in Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones, for which he got outstanding crits. Still, for a distillation of smug/cocky, you can’t go past these two parts – Space Marshall Clark in the BBC’s space-comedy Hyperdrive (no embedding on that one) and the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere:
He would definitely do, for me. Thoughts?