We might be getting an announcement of the new 'Doctor Who' star sooner than we thought.
A week ago, Matt Smith announced that he would be vacating his role as the Eleventh Doctor at the end of the year -- and so, the search (and speculation) began for his replacement. It was known that we'd probably be getting the announcement of the new actor sometime before the Christmas special began filming this fall, but according to recent rumors, we might be getting it -- Saturday?
Starburst Magazine is reporting that a British paper has managed to find out who the next Doctor is, and will be announcing it this weekend. "Sources have indicated that a Sunday newspaper is intending to scoop the BBC by announcing the name of the new Doctor this weekend," Starburst writes. "And in order to pre-empt the scoop, the BBC look set to announce the name tomorrow evening, just a single short week since the announcement of Matt Smith’s departure, and hardly time enough for that bombshell of a news story to sink in. [...] The source indicated that a photo shoot with the lucky new TARDIS tenant has already been completed.
Of course, this is all to be taken with a very large grain of salt. However, Starburst seem rather confident with this prediction, publishing the names of three reported contenders: Domhnall Gleeson, Daniel Kaluuya, and Dominic Cooper. Here's a quick breakdown of these three:
Domhnall Gleeson, 30, is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, but you probably know him best from his role as Bill Weasley in the final two Harry Potter films. He's certainly got the weird look for the role, but he seems a bit young to provide any real contrast to Matt Smith. On the positive side, casting Gleeson would made the Doctor (finally) a ginger.
Daniel Kaluuya is 24 -- even younger than Smith was when he took the role -- and would be the first black actor to portray the Doctor. He already made an appearance on Doctor Who -- in the special "Planet of the Dead" -- but that was long enough ago to be forgotten by now. His biggest acting credit was as Posh Kenneth in the first two series of 'Skins' -- but he's slated to appear in the upcoming film 'Kick-Ass 2.'
Dominic Cooper is, at 35, the oldest of the three contenders. Sure, he's not as old as I'd like the next Doctor to be, but he's got a pretty fantastic resume. He appeared as Howard Stark in the two 'Captain America' films, but he also appeared in 'Dead Man Down,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' and 'The Devil's Double.' He's also a good friend of James Corden -- who appeared as Craig in "The Lodger" and "Closing Time" in series 5 and 6.
I'm not particularly crazy about any of the choices yet -- there's not nearly as much variance in age as I'd hoped -- though since the BBC likely wants to keep the show marketable to young viewers, these are realistic candidates.
If these turn out to be the real frontrunners, which would you like to be the Doctor?
We'll keep you posted to see if this story pans out.