February 1, 2017


Departing 'Doctor Who' Star Wants 'Harry Potter' Actress as First Female Lead

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Days after news arrived that Peter Capaldi would end his run as the 12th Doctor Who, the 58-year-old Scottish actor has his ideal successor. “The time felt right to bow out, to let somebody else play this wonderful role," he told The Mirror, "and I would like Frances de la Tour to be first female doctor.”

De la Tour would be the first woman to lead the series, which premiered in 1963. She's most globally known as Madame Maxime in 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; the 72-year-old England native also appeared in 2010's Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Her recent TV and film credits include The Collection, ViciousHugo and Alice in Wonderland.

Billie Piper, who played Doctor Who's sidekick in the David Tennant days (2005-10), told the BBC that if a woman isn't chosen as the Doc, it'll "feel like a snub." She added, “I think it would be great given the spirit of the world at the moment. I think it would be timely."

The Mirror has a source saying Chris Chibnall—who will take over for head writer/executive producer Steven Moffat after Capaldi exits at the end of 2017—"is eyeing Andrew Buchan as the 13th Time Lord, having worked with him over the past five years." The English paper has another source saying the BBC wants "a more youthful Doctor, who will appeal to the traditional fan base of kids and young adults," and "a return to the format of the show in Tennant’s time.”

Other faves for the next Doctor Who, according to bookies, rumors and educated guesses, are Olivia Coleman, James Norton, Ben Whishaw, Lara Pulver, Richard Ayoade, Russell Tovey, Vicky McClure and Miranda Hart.

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