back to article So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Right, you lovely people: we've trawled through your suggestions as to who should step into Matt Smith's shoes as the 12th incarnation of Doctor Who, and it's time to put it to the public vote. It's a mixed bag, to be sure, with some top talent in there more than suited to pocketing the keys to the Tardis. So without further …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cursed form

    I'm clicking submit and naught is happening. Obviously somebody is conspiring against Noel Fielding.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Cursed form

      We can only hope!

    2. YoricHunt

      Re: Cursed form

      Yeah, Noel Fielding would be a travesty. He was funny in one series, and hasn't been funny since, oh and he can't act.

      Benedict Cumberbatch would be the best quite obviously, but I feel the Doctor is slightly beneath him, so wouldn't actually like to see him get the role.

      I'd like to see a relative unknown, like Smith was when he took the role.

    3. Keith 72

      It doesn't even appear on the TIFKAM app!

  2. wowfood

    It'd be nice

    If they did a 2 round voting system on this, I mean with the number of candidates there will be many who'll likely only get one or two votes, (normally from the guy who proposed them)

    I'd say unless there's a clear winner, as per elections, a second ballot is held with only the top few candidates from the previous round. That or somebody at El Reg could program a new voting system so that people can select a second choice candidate.

    1. Ben Rose
      Stop

      Re: It'd be nice

      The third comment and already somebody is suggesting Alternative Voting? ;-)

      1. Code Monkey
        Windows

        Re: It'd be nice

        I'm waiting for someone to blame Microsoft.

        1. Ben Rose
          Trollface

          Re: It'd be nice

          Now you mention it, the Tardis does crash a lot lately.

      2. J.G.Harston Silver badge

        Re: It'd be nice

        In each round they could eliminate the half of the candidates with the lowest score until somebody has more than 50% or somebody wins the penalty shoot out.

        1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
          Joke

          Re: It'd be nice

          In each round they could eliminate the half of the candidates with the lowest score until somebody has more than 50% or somebody wins the penalty shoot out.

          Well that'd eliminate any English actors from the role, especially if there are any German ones also on the list...

          1. Richard 120
            Facepalm

            Re: It'd be nice

            Oh come on, it's a joke, why the downvote?

      3. Jonathon Desmond
        Happy

        Re: It'd be nice

        Forget AV, let's go full preferential for this one & do it properly! :-)

        1. MrT

          Could do with...

          ... a "Hell no" button - I've a bag full waiting for that Grint lad ;-)

  3. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

    That list puts every other poll on the web to shame. Magnificent.

  4. Phil W

    So many choices

    So many good options in there.

    Benedict Cumberbatch would be interesting but given his high profile Hollywood status now I can't seem him doing it.

    I think Robert Carlyle would do a marvellous job. Patrick Stewart or Alexander Siddiq (I assume this is actually supposed to be Siddig with a G, Julian Bashir from DS9) would both do an interesting job, but I can't see them having the energy and edgy nature required to appeal to Dr Who's current audience.

    Robert Carlyle as Dr Nicholas Rush certainly shows he can do edgy.

    1. Phil W

      Re: So many choices

      Also Alexander Siddig has a ridiculously long real name. It'd be awesome to see it used in credits.

    2. WonkoTheSane
      Headmaster

      Re: So many choices

      Carlyle is caught up in "Once Upon a Time" for the foreseeable future, and Siddig is involved with "Da Vinci's Demons" - both of which have been renewed for next year.

      1. pikey

        Re: So many choices

        yea but that is only around 8 episodes.. and also made in Wales :)

    3. Ben Rose
      Megaphone

      Re: So many choices

      I think Cumberbatch should be the new Master!

  5. gaz 7
    Mushroom

    Shatner for Who

    I still maintain that Bill Shatner would be great as Doctor Who. No more fanciful than some of the suggestions, and way better than some. Miranda Hart for frigs sake? Let's just have McCoy back then

    1. Tom 13

      Re: Shatner for Who

      I actually like McCoy. Ace too. It was the scripts and production work that was crap they wouldn't have served in potato blighted Ireland. Just thinking about it reminds me of the gawd awful candyman episode where you couldn't hear the dialogue under the background music.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Stringer bell as the new doctor? Cant see that.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think it should be a shared role between engelbert humperdinck and Benedict Cumberbatch.

    1. Ben Holmes
      Happy

      Engledict Humperbatch?

      1. JimmyPage Silver badge
        Happy

        or

        Gerry Dorsey ....

      2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
        Happy

        Engledict Humperbatch?

        I had that, but the doctor gave me some pills...

        1. Ian Yates
          Coat

          Who is your doctor?

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        He's always been Cumberdict Benebatch to me.

  8. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

    Where's Sean Pertwee gone?

    I'm sure he was mentioned several times in the original comment list, and is one of the front-runners at some of the bookies.

    1. Shrimpling
      Unhappy

      Re: Where's Sean Pertwee gone?

      I was hoping to vote for Brian Blessed...

      They have left out the best options

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Where's Sean Pertwee gone?

        Ah yes, but then they'd have to give him a companion named Gordon at some point, just to shoe-horn the trademark line in as well...

        And anyway, the TARDIS may be bigger on the inside than the outside, but I'm still not sure it's big enough for his persona and voice :)

    2. h3

      Re: Where's Sean Pertwee gone?

      The only interesting thing left is the Time War. (Maybe what happened to the doctor's daughter after she regenerated).

      It really has gone down hill for me.

      I get the impression they won't deal with the John Hurt thread to my satisfaction.

      I don't think trying to add love like threads to Doctor Who makes it any better at all.

      Seems they put a proper amount of effort in for Ecclestone but then didn't really bother.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Alexander Siddiq was originally credited as Siddig El Fadil, but this was changed post 9/11. I wonder why.

    1. bixbarton
      Mushroom

      Check your facts before you defame someone.

      He changed his name in 1995, 9/11 was in 2001.

      1. Mycho Silver badge

        And the reason was because people kept shortlisting him for roles based on his name and then realising that he didn't fit the role at all when they actually got to see his face.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        It's annual

        I've noticed there's a 9/11 every year. In fact there's two if you count the American one on on the 11th September as well.

        1. Phil W

          Re: It's annual

          Still think the full credit would be best though. I'd love to edit all my DS9 episodes to have it

          Julian Bashir - Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi

          1. MJI Silver badge

            Re: It's annual

            Don't care what name he goes by just that he is an excellent actor

  10. sibster
    Pint

    the obvious has been left out

    Johnny Vegas, beer icon cause he likes it :)

  11. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge
    Coat

    Watch the trend...

    We started out with a Doctor aged 55, and I think that our last one was 25?

    There is an obvious trend here. I predict that the next Doctor will be below 20, and that the series will finish when he reaches 0...

    1. Ben Rose
      Stop

      Re: Watch the trend...

      Benjamin Button already had that plot line.

      1. wowfood
        Go

        Re: Watch the trend...

        So what you're saying is the next doctor should be Justin Bieber? And he should be shot repeatedly by each of Doctor Whos enemies while simultaniously being kicked in the groin?

        1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

          Re: Watch the trend...

          So what you're saying is the next doctor should be Justin Bieber? And he should be shot repeatedly by each of Doctor Whos enemies while simultaniously being kicked in the groin?

          And the problem with this would be? Certainly gets my vote...

        2. adrianww
          Trollface

          Re: Watch the trend...

          Well, there's been a lot of talk about a female doctor, so Bieber would fit the brief on that score.

          1. Ian Yates
            Trollface

            Re: Watch the trend...

            I don't think you can assign Bieber a gender

    2. J.G.Harston Silver badge

      Re: Watch the trend...

      Following the trend http://mdfs.net/Docs/SciFi/DrWho/ActorAges the next Doctor will be about 25, the 13th Doctor will be about 20, and then all sorts of timey wimey stuff will happen as he hits puberty and gets another 12 regenerations from somewhere.

  12. Ben Rose
    Megaphone

    Not Going Out

    I reckon Lee Mack would be good here, or even his sit-com side kick Tim Vine. In fact, Tim Vine could be awesome.

    Throw in Lee's flatmate from Not Going Out as a wild card, no idea what her real name is.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Sally Bretton

      swoon ....

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hugh Laurie, with the dodgy leg and the vicodin addiction.

    1. sisk Silver badge

      Actually Hugh Laurie would be an excellent Doctor. Dodgy leg and drug addiction or not.

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