Whee! The Guardian’s got a casting thread for the 11th Doctor! Despite a couple of cracking suggestions based on people we’ve seen in the rejuvenated series so far, I very much doubt that they will go for a younger actor who has already played a supporting role on the show, so bad luck Russell Tovey (Voyage of the Damned) and Harry Lloyd (Human Nature/Family of Blood). The author also has the gall to suggest that, in retrospect, casting Ecclestone was a bad choice (Boo!!).
The Guardian article was apparently inspired by these excerpts from email exchanges between Russell T Davies and a journo for the Doctor Who Magazine about a book they’re writing about the final series, full of visions and whimsies that RTD had from time to time about the direction of the show.
Now, as Australian audiences might not be familiar with all the names mentioned in the casting thread, I’ll add a few pictures below, but because it’s been a while since the last kilt thread, I’m only going to add pictures of the named actor if I can find them wearing one (Roman/Greek count as well as Scots).
So, Rufus Sewell (here as Agamemnon in Helen of Troy).
I love Rufus – he was glorious as Seth Starkadder in 1995’s Cold Comfort Farm, very impressive in 2003 as Charles II, and a dogged Thomas Clarkson in Amazing Grace.
Sewell has a combination of wit, style, hunkitude and menace that would position him nicely between Ecclestone’s and Tennant’s Doctors with room for him to carve out a niche of his own.
Noel Fielding from The Mighty Boosh, and his comedy partner Julian Barratt, are a great idea for a Red Nose Day comedy special, but not seriously for the part.
(much fruitless googling)
I’m disappointed – Adrian Lester (whom I adore, and who has said that he would love to be the first black Doctor) has played Orpheus, but I can’t find a pic of him in a kilt. James Callis played Menelaus opposite Sewell’s Agamemnon, Dominic West played Theron in 300, but no good kilt shots. Bill Nighy would never be cast anyway – too old for all the running, but I’d love to find him in a kilt. Bah humbug.
Sorry, but Jamie Bamber in a towel does not count as a kilt. (You can tell I haven’t watched the new BSG, when I saw his name on the casting thread I immediately thought of Midshipman Archie Kennedy from Hornblower, when he wasn’t quite so – hunky.) Besides, I’d rather see him as the next Bond.
Bonus pic: no kilt (although he does wear a tutu in this PR shot for Green Wing), but I couldn’t not share this one of Julian Rhind-Tutt in a long velvet hero-coat.
I think it might be about time for an incarnation of the Doctor to be a dandy again, what say you?
It was suggested in comments to the Guardian article that the casting probably needed to be a bit left-field, pointing out that neither Ecclestone nor Tennant were the obvious choice to play the Doctor at the time they were cast. So, any more out-field ideas?