As everyone has read or heard by now, the 10th Doctor, David Tenant has declined to reprise his role as Doctor Who for Season 5 in 2010. No, this is not a ploy by the Daleks to rid the universe of the Doctor for good…instead Tenant has decided that he is ready to move into another direction in his career – movies and the stage.
This news adds to other stunning events that rippled through the Who universe over the last few months – Russell Davis leaving as the show’s runner and the shorten Season 3 for the highly popular Torchwood (five episodes instead of the usual thirteen).
The question on everyone’s mind is “who” will fill the large shoes that Tenant has left vacant. Several names have been floating around the Internet and British newspapers as possible replacements. The consistent name that I keep running across is David Morrissey. David Morrissey is more notably remembered as co-staring with Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2 (which bombed here in the States). Morrissey will also be appearing with Tenant in the next Doctor Who Christmas special which is currently being filmed on the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral.
Other names that have added to the speculation are Tom Ellis, which was last seen in the series Last of the Time Lords, James Nesbitt of the great but short lived series Jekyll, Bill Nighy, Richard Grant, and Robert Carlyle.
My pick is Nesbitt…I could see him providing a new “darker/serious” take on the Doctor that we have not seen over the last few years…a la Torchwood.
Whoever regenerates into the next Doctor will have a new companion to help guide him through space and time, but also an opportunity to expand the “legend” into new uncharted territory.
So “who” is your choice for the next Doctor? The Season 5 will be here before you can say – Tardis.