Paterson Joseph Latest Suspect as 11th Doctor
Sci-Fi Wire is joining the growing chorus of place claiming that Steven Moffat, the incoming new producer for Doctor Who has cast the first black Doctor, actor Paterson Joseph, to replace David Tennant.
Of course, Tennant, the Tenth Doctor, is contracted through the 2010 season and may well sign for more seasons. However, since he is not yet signed beyond a fifth full season, speculation has been running rampant as to whom Tennant could regenerate into.
Joseph as an option first surfaced a few weeks back in Rich Johnston’s Lying in the Gutters column. He wrote, “Previously playing Roderick in the Doctor Who episodes “Bad Wolf”/”Parting Of Ways,” Joseph is known for fine upstanding and terribly-well-spoken-dontcha-know roles as Johnson in Peep Show, the Marquis De Carabas in Neverwhere, Space Marshall Clarke in Hyperdrive, Lyndon in Green Wing…and more importantly Benjamin in Jekyll. Written and produced by upcoming Doctor” Who showrunner, Steven Moffat.”
Joseph initially told Sci Fi Wire, "I am on a list of God knows how many others, but flattered to be considered."
A follow up e-mail said, "The news on Who was news to me as of last Wednesday, when my agent said they’d had lots of journos asking if the rumors were true. That’s all I know, and I’m very pleased to even be thought of in this way. It’s a blast!"
On the other hand, TV Scoop reported a while back that James Nesbitt would replace Tennant while the London Telegraph wrote just months back that Russell Tovey, who played Midshipman Frame in the most recent Christmas special, was being eyed by producer Russell T. Davies as a potential replacement. He wrote in an e-mail, "He’s amazing. I think I’d make him the 11th Doctor."
Regardless, Tennant is working on the four Specials for 2009 and then will shoot the fifth season to air in 2010. By then, he may have re-signed for a sixth season or someone else will be taking up residence in the TARDIS. Isn’t this fun?