As the world of Doctor Who shares who they think should or could be the next Doctor following the departure of Peter Capaldi, one actor who formerly held the position is weighing in with a choice of his own.
David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor in the series between 2005 and 2010, says not only does he have the perfect actor to succeed Capaldi, but incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall already knows her. That’s because she’s the star of a show he created, Broadchurch, which just happens to star Tennant as well.
Olivia Colman plays Ellie Miller in the series, and has been quite busy in both television and film, even playing Carol Thatcher in the 2011 Meryl Streep film The Iron Lady. And she has the range and personality that would be a perfect fit for the Tardis, Tennant told Radio 4, courtesy of Radio Times.
“Olivia would clearly be a magnificent choice. If you have the right people telling the right stories, then it’s absolutely a possibility.”
The period of choosing a new Doctor always is a tricky time for the franchise, primarily because while fans might be sad to see one actor go, they’re excited about who’s coming up next. But as mixed as the emotions might be, Tennant assures fans that this is a necessary process to help maintain the vitality of the show that premiered in 1963, and has been running almost continuously now since 2005.