Peter Capaldi’s time as the 12th Doctor in the regular season is now over. Speculations are rife that the Doctor Who new Doctor will be a woman. But it seems like fans will have to wait until the show’s Christmas Special to find out who the next lead star of the BBC hit series will be.
The Season 10 finale offered some hints that the Doctor Who new Doctor will be a woman. In the season finale, the Master (John Simm) asked with disdain, “Is the future going to be all girl? ” The Doctor (Capaldi) replied, “We can only hope.”
Capaldi, along with executive producer Steven Moffat, will be leaving the show after the Christmas Special at the end of the year. Chris Chibnall will take over as Doctor Who new showrunner.
Actresses Who Could Be Doctor Who New Doctor
Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is currently one of the top favorites to be the next Doctor. In a recent interview with Goldderby, Waller-Bridge refused to confirm nor deny the rumor. She said, “I am not allowed to say anything about that, one way or the other.”
Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman is also speculated to be on top of the choices to follow Peter Capaldi‘s footsteps. The Night Manager actress had previously worked with Chibnall on Broadchurch. Keeley Hawes could be the Doctor Who new Doctor as well. She guest-starred in an episode of Doctor Who Season 8. Tony winner Sophie Okonedo also appeared in the show. This means both are already familiar with the Doctor Who universe and could possibly play the lead role.
Doctor Who Christmas Special
Right after the Season 10 finale broadcast, BBC released the official synopsis for the Christmas Special. It was confirmed that Game of Thrones actor David Bradley will portray the First Doctor, and he will play an integral role in the multi-Doctor adventure.
The synopsis for the special reads: “The cliff-hanger ending saw the Doctor fatally injured and beginning to regenerate. Stepping out of the TARDIS into an arctic landscape, he fought off the glowing regeneration energy and fell to his knees, vowing that this time he would not live on and change into a new Doctor.
“This was declared ‘ridiculous’ by an approaching figure, who mocked the Doctor as he stepped forward through the snow to reveal himself as the very first incarnation of the Time Lord (“The original, you might say”) just before the credits rolled. The story will continue at Christmas.”
Speaking on The After Show, Moffat praised Bradley’s recreation of William Hartnell in the Christmas Special. He teased that it is too perfect that viewers would believe that it is Hartnell himself. “… I’ve just been on the set of the First Doctor’s TARDIS which has been beautifully recreated. David Bradley’s recreation of William Hartnell is so eerily perfect, it could fool you. I’ve just been watching a scene where he is so perfectly William Hartnell, you could be convinced it’s him.”
Meanwhile, BBC also released two official photographs for the Christmas Special. One of the pictures shows Capaldi in sunglasses with Bradley behind him. The other image features the snowy landscape seen in the final moments in Season 10. The Doctor Who Christmas Special will air in December.
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