5 Actors who should play the New Dr Who

With the news that Peter Capaldi will no longer play The Doctor in the flagship series, Dr Who, we take a run down at 5 Actors who will be perfectly suited for the role of The Doctor. Peter Capaldi is leaving Dr Who at the end of 2017, so it’s likely that we’re going to see a new special episode dedicated to The Doctor’s regeneration. We’ve picked out our top 5 actors who should play the new Dr Who below!

Paul Dano

After Paul Dano’s appearance in BBC’s 2016 adaptation of War & Peace and his incredible performance in Swiss Army Man, Dano has a perfect demeanor that will settle into the role of The Doctor perfectly. What would a more shy, fumbling Doctor look like? His range can flip from serious to fun and awkward at the drop of a hat, and he would fit in perfectly within the Doctor Who universe. We’ve had confident, good looking actors in the role, we’ve had older actors in the role. The depth that Dano could bring to the show as the new Dr Who would be immeasurable.

Jim Broadbent

Right, this might not be a completely realistic suggestion, but Jim Broadbent would be an excellent pick for the new doctor. With all his eccentricity and gravitas, we’d love to see a Doctor who is a little bit smarter, a little more wisened with the added edge of having a well-known actor like Jim Broadbent in the role.

Olivia Colman

Having kickstarted her career in Mitchell & Webb as well as Peep Show, Olivia Colman has since transitioned into deeper roles that go beyond comedy. Starring in Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur in 2011, Colman has since also starred in Broadchurch as well as The Night Manager. Colman would also be the first woman to play The Doctor, and that’s a welcome change that people would welcome with open arms.

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade’s acting, writing, and directorial chops are all fantastic, and with the acclaimed actor now set to host the reboot of The Crystal Maze, it’s unlikely that the homegrown British actor will play the Doctor. Ayoade has the depth and panache that could carry him in the role, all the way from the comedic timing to serious depth. Ayoade would be a dream pick for the role, but it seems unlikely due to other commitments. Nevertheless, we’d love to see him as the new Dr Who.

Domnhall Gleeson

with recent appearances in Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gleeson is breaking into the upper echelons of Hollywood, so again commitments to a show like Doctor Who might be unlikely. Gleeson would be a classic British Actor in a Classic British role and bring a lot to the table with his emphatic range and tone.

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