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Richard Ayoade
Ayoade already has the other best job in television as the new, permanent host of The Crystal Maze. But possibly the only thing you would break your contract for would be to play the Doctor. The IT Crowd star ticks all the “British eccentric” boxes, but while I don’t doubt, as an accomplished director, that he’s capable of it, I’ve never seen him land the hefty emotional punches this role requires. I would still like him as the Doctor, but as many young fans are after the heart throb looks of Tennant or Smith I doubt that Ayoade will be offered the role.
Hayley Atwell
Word is that Hayley Atwell, aka the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Peggy Carter, is keen to play the Doctor – and a big fanbase would be thrilled to see that happen. She can do action-packed sci-fi roles, and is looking for something new after her US legal drama Conviction was sadly cancelled ABC
Jonathan Bailey
If Chibnall continues in the typical Doctor Who mould, Jonathan Bailey is a strong bet. Not only has he made a brief appearance on the show before in Peter Capaldi episode Time Heist, but he’s had a recurring role in Broadchurch too ITV
Chris Addison
Another bigger-name actor who might take on the role is The Thick of It’s Chris Addison. He had a role in Capaldi’s first Doctor Who series, and would fit the typical nerdy vibe associated with the show.
Zawe Ashton
Having made a name for herself in Fresh Meat and Not Safe for Work, Zawe Ashton would make a great headstrong female Doctor. She also put in a great turn in Doctor Who as a rebel soldier in one of Capaldi’s first episodes.
Russell Tovey
If the BBC want to go for a younger but still well-known actor, 35 year-old Russell Tovey could be the one. Despite making a move to the US for HBO drama Looking, he’s also starred in The Night Manager and Sherlock in recent years. Oh, and he’s been in Doctor Who before – in David Tennant’s final episode, The End of Time.
Daniel Kaluuya
The multi-talented Daniel Kaluuya got his break starring in and writing for Skins, and starred in David Tennant-era Who story Planet of the Dead. He’d be a fresh new face for the show – although his schedule is getting busy with a role in Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther.
Olivia Colman
With The Night Manager pushing her firmly into ‘national treasure’ territory, Olivia Colman is likely too big for Doctor Who – but if anyone could persuade her it might be Chris Chibnall. She previously starred in Matt Smith’s first Doctor Who episode as a sharp-toothed shape-shifting monster.
Michaela Coel
The genius behind Chewing Gum would bring a perfect off-kilter, high-energy, alien vibe that the Time Lord really needs – and recent appearances in Black Mirror and London Spy showed off her range. Coel would be a bold new face for Doctor Who.
Joivan Wade
He’s probably still a bit too young, but having made a great impression as Rigsy in Series 8 and 9, Joivan Wade is well versed in the world of Doctor Who. Maybe once his time on EastEnders is up, he could be ready to be a Time Lord himself.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
BBC Three comedy-drama Fleabag is universally beloved by everyone who’s seen it – and she could be a strong choice as the first female Doctor. She starred in the second series of Broadchurch, so she’s certainly on showrunner Chris Chibnall’s radar.

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