One very good candidate for replacing Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who has just taken herself out of the running. Back in 2015, Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell revealed that she was interested in taking on the role of the Doctor, given the chance. However, in the last couple of years she has changed her mind and now says that she doesn't want the part. So, if it isn't her, who will it be? It is increasingly looking less likely that we will be getting our first ever female Doctor, that much is certain.
The 35-year-old actress recently spoke on a panel at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in London and, as reported by Geek Feed, she once again addressed the question of her possibly playing the Doctor. Though, this time around, her answer was quite a bit different, as she now has absolutely no interest in being on Doctor Who, but she decided to make a suggestion. Here's what she had to say about it.
"I don't want to play it. No. It's just not my thing, but I really respect it. I'm a big fan of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, though. She plays the lead in Fleabag. There were talks of her being the next Doctor, and she's so funny and eccentric and unique; she'd be great. I can't really see anyone other than her playing it."
Peter Capaldi is leaving the role of the Doctor behind following Doctor Who season 10, which is airing currently on BBC. Many names, like Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Hayley Atwell, have been thrown around when it comes to who Capaldi's replacement will be. But official word on who may take up the mantle and fly around in the Tardis next season has been hush, hush. That said, there has been a lot of buzz about us possibly seeing the first female Doctor in the history of the long-running sci-fi series, but that looks less and less likely as time goes on. And not just because Hayley Atwell has taken herself out of the running.
Some recent rumors have pointed to Luke Treadaway (Fortitude) and Sacha Dhawan (Iron Fist) emerging as the new frontrunners for the titular role in Doctor Who season 11. This would suggest that the producers are looking to go a more traditional route with the new Doctor. That may disappoint some fans, but it would also be in keeping with tradition, and both actors seem capable of playing the part.
Other names that have been thrown around include Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) and Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), but that was several months ago. As Doctor Who Season 10 winds down, we will probably bet getting some more solid details as to who will be the next man (or woman) rocking a Sonic Screwdriver and going on time-traveling adventures with an Earthling companion. Just don't expect Hayley Atwell to be in the conversation anymore.