The new Doctor Who won’t be cast until the script is written
The new Doctor Who actor will not be chosen until the script for season eleven is finished.
Peter Capaldi announced he would be leaving his role as the Doctor in the long-running science fiction series last month, prompting all kinds of speculation on who would succeed him.
Amongst the names in the mix are Tilda Swinton, Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw. Last week, even Danny Dyer threw his name into the mix, claiming he would love to take on the role with a cockney accent.
However, incoming boss Chris Chibnall has now confirmed he will doing the casting the “traditional way”, meaning the script will be written before an actor is chosen.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Chibnall said: “We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea.”
He added: “The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”
Series eleven (and the Thirteenth Doctor) will not be appearing on television screens until 2018 at the earliest, as the series still has to run series ten and a Christmas special.
Showrunner Steven Moffat will leave the series alongside Capaldi following the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special.