We’re halfway through Doctor Who Series 10. While BBC has not named yet who will replace Peter Capaldi in the role, support for a female successor is currently at an all-time high. Unfortunately, one of the leading picks for the role has ruled out the possibility of her stepping into the TARDIS.
Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell, who built our hopes up before by declaring that she’d love to step fill in Capaldi’s shoes, had a change of mind recently. Speaking to the crowds at at London’s Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, she said: “I don’t want to play it. It’s just not my thing, but I really respect it.” She did name someone who she’d like to in the role when the time comes: Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Much to everyone’s dismay, the Fleabag star has also denied that she will be stepping into the Tardis previously. But fret not, there’s still a bunch of talented actresses who could be the first female Doctor. Here are out top three picks to inherit the keys to the TARDIS:
1. Natalie Dormer
Best known as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer emerged as one of the front-runners in the race for control of the TARDIS, falling behind Waller-Bridge who dominated the leaderboard for a while now. Now that her time in Westeros has come to a close and her rival rejected the role, the chances of her being 13th Doctor just got more likely.
2. Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Famously known as Tish to Whovians, Martha Jones’ sister during the 10th Doctor’s run, Movie Pilot describes the actress as “incredibly capable and versatile… worthy of the role of the Doctor.” While not a frontrunner like Dormer, Mbatha-Raw brings an innate connection to Doctor Who from her previous work on the series. She is undeniably talented and could take the TARDIS in exciting new directions. Plus, she would make history by being the first Doctor who is both female and a person of color.
3. Tilda Swinton
Swinton not only has the backing of Doctor Who fans, but also the Eighth Doctor actor Paul McGann and it’s all for a reason. The Doctor Strange actress certainly fits the modern stereotype of the Doctor: tall, wispy, and impossibly quirky. She may be falling behind our first two choices in terms of age, but she definitely has the star power. Swinton has not done television for almost 30 years. However, she’s also known for taking on both blockbuster and indie projects, so it’s not unrealistic to think the actress could consider Doctor Who.
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