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It's the question on every geek's lips. Who's going to be the next Time Lord? Well, wonder no more, because The Register's readers have made their minds up. You've decided that Benedict Cumberbatch should be regenerated as the next Doctor Who when Matt Smith leaves at the end of the year. We asked our readers who they thought …

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If it's not Sue Perkins

I can go with Tilda Swinton.

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Needs a political edge to it.

What about John Prescot for comedy value.

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Harriet Harman for PC correctness.

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Nick Clegg for Eco correctness

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Ed Miliband to represent the disabled

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David Cameron because he will need a new job in 2015.

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Re: If it's not Sue Perkins

Phew, for a minute there I was getting Sue Perkins confused with Su Pollard - with visions of every episode ending on a doleful but resigned Doctor mourning that "all she wanted was to be a Yellow Coat"

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Cumberbatch would be bonkers to accept if it was offered to him

He's getting high profile work in big films. Can do a serious turn in Sherlock every so often and take up other "proper" drama work on stage or the box.

or he could tie himself down to two or three years of admittedly regular employment which restricts his options and possibly leading to typecasting.

On the other hand it would be another instance of familial relations appearing in the programme for the fans to note. (his mum appearing in Image of the Fendahl a long while ago)

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Re: Cumberbatch would be bonkers to accept if it was offered to him

agreed, career wise I would guess he should turn it down. Small "mini series" such as sherlock would keep his options open. A 3 year deal for dr who when he is currently at a peak would be foolish IMHO.

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Re: Cumberbatch would be bonkers to accept if it was offered to him

Not only that, he would struggle to differentiate it from Sherlock.

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Re: Cumberbatch would be bonkers to accept if it was offered to him

More worryingly, he might not have time for Cabin Pressure on Radio 4.

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Re: Cumberbatch would be bonkers to accept if it was offered to him

I don't think typecasting has proved to be an issue for Christopher Ecclestone or David Tennant - both seem to be regularly popping up in all sorts of progs (and adverts!)

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Just a minute

Mickey Smith was not a 'bozo'. He was a hard working and emotionally mature young man who dealt well with just about most situations that came his way. (Am I taking it too seriously?)

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I quite agree. Rather like Xander Harris, he was an ordinary bloke without any special powers who regularly risked his life following someone far less vulnerable, cos it was the right thing to do. Not a bozo, but a hero.

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and, in fact, the sort of companion we could well do with more often in drwho. I'm getting tired of all the "special ones".

Personally, I reckon they should have used that old salesman-turned-tour-guide from the xmas titanic episode.

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Yes, you are taking it a wee bit too seriously. But we still love you anyway.

Hugs and kisses

El Reg

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Idris Elba.

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David Oyelowo

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Joke

You can't have a string of blokes in the role only to swap genders after so many regenerations. It would make no sense. Besides, the programme would have to be renamed Nurse Who...?

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Wouldn't work

We already have the answer to "Nurse Who" so that just wouldn't work.

"Bernard", if memory serves...

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Most not realistic

Apart from the fun aspect not really sure of the point of this poll.

No film actor is going to be chosen simply because the BBC wont be able to afford them.

Chris Eccleston was arguably the most famous pre-Who actor in the rebooted series - the trend has always been for existing BBC drama actors but with the trend being for them to become less and less well known.

I'd like to see a non-flirtatious woman in the role - if only to eliminate the obvious romantic angles that keep recurring in the reboot. Has there been one companion in the reboot that hasnt harboured strong feelings for the Doctor? Even Donna's spark waned towards the end of her run.

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he's a time traveller with loads of power, knowledge and experience. To be fair i'd probably have a go.

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Re: Most not realistic

I'm a straight bloke, but still, David Tennent, I would.

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Re: Most not realistic

Which was why I voted for Lenny Henry: because I thought it might happen and he's got such range that I really wanted to see what he could do with the role.

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Bring back Tom Baker!

You have the death ray of a woman, I bet your death ray has never been blown off in a type1a supernova.

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Re: Bring back Tom Baker!

Obscure, but funny reference. Impressed ;)

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"It's the question on every geek's lips"

Hardly.

I have had very little interest in Dr Who since Catherine Tate worked on the series.

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Re: "It's the question on every geek's lips"

You do know she left some time ago, don't you?

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Re: "It's the question on every geek's lips"

And, although I was dreading it when I heard she'd been cast, and possibly even for a while when she was in it, by the end of her stint she managed to raise my opinion of her slightly: She did much better than I expected.

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Yeah, but she killed any real interest I had in the franchise, just as M Bay has in TF & Jar Jar Abrams has ST & SW.

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Rory Kinnear came fourth? Really?

His dad I can understand (and yes I know he's deceased), but Rory's a bit flat in comparison.

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Re: Rory Kinnear came fourth? Really?

"His dad I can understand....." Whilst it must have its advantages for connections, living in his father's shadow can't be too easy.

".....Rory's a bit flat in comparison." Agree totally, he just doesn't have the presence. It doesn't have to be supermacho presence, in fact the opposite can be even more effective, just something to make him less ordinary. Sylvester McCoy was probably my least favourite Doctor, but even I'll admit he had presence and brought his own sense of extraordinariness to the role.

As to a woman - hmmmm, maybe, but it would need to be a woman of character rather than some Beeb bimbo. And capable of being quite cold too - the old Doctor made some quite calculating decisions in the past. Sigourney Weaver would be perfect but probably outside the budget.

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The most boringly obvious choice

Pick someone who's already playing the role of an eccentric, almost alien genius, with floppy hair and no interest in women.

I really hope the BBC show more imagination.

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> Pick someone who's already playing the role of an eccentric, almost alien genius, with floppy hair and no interest in women.

Ah, Sue Perkins... so close! ;)

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You forgot Sue Pollard !

And I still think Warwick Davis is a good candidate for the role

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I see that Richard Madden (Rob Stark) is now free, maybe him... he already knows Jenna VERY well.... so the chemistry might be good (git)

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Robbie Coltrane

Or Billy Conolly would get my vote

and of course the inimitable Tom Baker.

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A win from the outliers!

If we remove those who won't accept being Who and the comedians who won't be asked - what do the results look like?

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Time warp ..

Last episode i seen .. they introduced John Hurt as the next Doctor ... I must either have missed his death , demise or fall off grace or you guys didn't pay attention but something fishy is going on here.

Tell me i am slipping in the depths of madness .. :D

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Re: Time warp ..

John Hurt isn't the "next" Doctor - he's a previous one who "broke the promise". Current speculation is that he's actually the 9th Doctor between Paul McGann and Chris Ecclestone and was the one who "did" the Time War stuff,

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Re: Time warp ..

I'm not sure he's a past doctor, although I get why most people would assume that. I do think he's a future doctor. The idea that a previous incarnation wouldn't know about future incarnations is done away with by any of the multiple Doctor episodes. We also know from Trial of a Timelord that he has/will cross his time stream. Possibly he did so in the past hence the current incarnation knows what he will become. Maybe Hurt is what he turns into after the Valeyard.

But I do see the point that he could be the incarnation that locked the Timelords into the loop with the Daleks. We'll have to wait for the penny to drop.

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cross-dressed Tilda

How bizarre - when I voted for Tilda I did so picturing her playing it as a man.

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Complete left field option: Robin Williams.

I would love that.

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Why not Damien Molony?

He was the newer vampire (Hal) on Being Human UK.

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Agreed - fits the bill; currently lesser known actor who can do charming and charismatic.

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Clive Owen

....for Bond too.... Pity!...

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Any chance...

That when Matt Smith leaves he could take the intensely annoying, rabbit trapped in a car's headlights faced Jenna-Louise Coleman with him? She gets right on my threepenny bits she does.

Posted as anonymous to fool the baying lynch mobs.

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That's it .. i'm getting drunk !

Even the BBC One DrWho pages are making me confused .. add to it the discussion in this page and you got one totally confused fan :) Sorry folks , but this is all so confusing that i see only one way out : Get drunk ! Good thing it's friday and quitting time ! Time for keg of beer and a bottle of scotch !. When ill be drunk , all of this will become crystal clear . Probably .. or ill forget about it and be happy ;)

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"You told us that the proudly posh Cumberbatch should cast off Sherlock Holmes' deerstalker and strap on..."

Did we now? I remember no such thing! ....And Coma's FTW!!!

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Not implying that he shouldn't do so though...

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Cumberbatch? Brilliant!

I'd vote for him! His portrayal of a modern Sherlock Homes was simply brilliant! After all, what is the Doctor if not a time traveling Sherlock? :-)

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Dr. Sherlock

Maybe I'm too American, but I saw a lot of parallels between S Moffat's episode 1 of Sherlock Holmes and every Dr. Who episode I love. Cumberbatch seemed to be channeling Matt Smith in more than one scene.

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Daleks need a smack.

Send in the Stathe!

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Graham

Thinking about the nominees as I'm watching BBC America, it occurs to me that Graham Norton would be a fantastic Dr. Who.

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