The British tabloids have been having fun over the weekend with a report originating from The Mirror indicating that “Love Actually” actor Kris Marshall has been cast as the next incarnation of The Doctor on “Doctor Who”.
Marshall’s name has been mentioned before as possibly taking on the part, he was the bookies favorite back in early February. That talk was fueled in part by his departure as the leading man in “Death in Paradise” taking place around the same time as current The Doctor actor Peter Capaldi confirming he was leaving.
It has been no secret that, despite calls for a woman or black male actor to fill the role, The BBC wants to go back to a younger David Tennant type which was the most popular era of the modern reboot ratings and sales wise. Marshall, having just turned 44 and having plenty of British TV experience, wouldn’t be as obviously green as Matt Smith was when he was cast in the role either.
A casting decision is expected sooner rather than later and a BBC spokesperson has said: “No casting decisions have yet been made on series 11.” Even so, Bookies Ladbrokes have stopped taking bets on Marshall becoming the next Time Lord after a huge rush from punters.
Shooting on this year’s Christmas special begins in late June with the actor taking over the role expected to be set by then. Also today, a new trailer is out for the rest of the current tenth season episodes including a shot of John Simm returning as The Master.