The viral rumour is now confirmed: at 5.35pm GMT tomorrow BBC1 is screening a Doctor Who Confidential which will reveal the long-anticipated Eleventh Doctor! Now whilst I’m gutted that David Tennant is retiring Ten about a series too soon, I’m dead excited to find out who Steven Moffat’s initial Doctor will be. Given that the episodes he’s written of every series so far (Blink anyone?) have been the highlights of the relaunched franchise, tomorrow’s announcement is huge.
Paterson Joseph has been the most peristently rumoured name for months, and considering he’s got more than enough experience in both comedy and drama (and is an accomplished theatrical actor), my hope remains that the bookies are right. He was my top choice before Eccleston was cast as Nine! Having said that Ejiofor has equal (if not superior) experience – seen Serenity? Seen Dirty Pretty Things? He would also be a delightful Eleven. I hope that Pertwee (despite his parentage) doesn’t get it, but don’t be surprised for an outsider like Matt Smith to win it – RTD barred the relaunched franchise from taking on an ageing Doctor, which by that criteria puts Ejiofor and Smith at the top of the shortlist…