Showrunner Reveals Plan to Cast All-New Doctor Who for Season 11
Doctor Who is finally coming back in just a couple of months after a very long break. Peter Capaldi will once again be taking charge of the Tardis this season, following his return in the most recent Doctor Who Christmas special. Sadly, it was recently announced that Doctor Who season 10 is going to be his last as the Doctor, so all eyes are on who will be taking over next season. Showrunner Chris Chibnall has opened up a bit recently on how they will be casting the role and the endless possibilities that a new Doctor represents.
Chris Chibnall, who also serves as the showrunner for BBC's Broadchurch, will be taking over for Steven Moffat, who is leaving Doctor Who after season 10. He recently talked with the http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/02/16/chris-chibnall-interview-not-using-rape-plot-device-broadchurch/Telegraph about their approach to casting the new Doctor and according to him, it is going to start with the script. Here is what he had to say about it.
"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...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."
Doctor Who season 11 is going to be a big change for the long-running series in a lot of ways. Not only will a new showrunner be taking over, but a new Doctor will be coming in at the same time. Peter Capaldi is the 12th person to play the character in the history of the beloved sci-fi series but after three seasons, he decided it was time to move on. Here is what he had to say to BBC Radio 2 when he made the announcement that Doctor Who season 10 would be his last.
"The big thing about it for me is that it (the new series of Doctor Who) will be my last...I feel sad, I love Doctor Who. It's a fantastic program to work on and it's been a huge pleasure to work with a family. I can't praise the people I've worked with more highly, but I've always been somebody that did a lot of different things. I've never done one job for three years. This is the first time I've done this and I feel it's sort of time for me to move on to different challenges."
Even though Chris Chibnall has made it pretty clear that they are in the very early stages of the process, that hasn't prevented anyone from hedging their bets as to who will be taking over Tardis duties next. Recently, Ladsbrokes declared that Doctor Strange actress Tilda Swinton is the current favorite to land the role, going off at 7-2 odds. That would make her the very first female Doctor in the history of the show and there is increased talk of Doctor Who going that direction, even if it isn't Tilda Swinton who ultimately lands the role. Other names that have been thrown around include James Bond star Ben Whishaw and former Doctor Who companion Billie Piper.
At the moment, There is no rush for the BBC to announce a replacement for Peter Capaldi since we still have all of Doctor Who season 10 to get through. Still, fans of the series are going to be dying to know who Chris Chibnall and BBC decided to give the power of the Sonic Screwdriver to next, and it seems like we could be in for a bit of a shake up this time around. Doctor Who season 10, which will consist of 12 episodes, is set to premiere on BBC April 15.