With the announcement that Matt Smith will be “relinquishing” the role of television’s most famous time traveler, speculation has begun once again as to who will be the next manifestation of Doctor Who.
We’ve heard speculation that it might be this actor or that, that the Doctor will be black, a woman, and fans who can’t get over the regeneration thing claiming it will once again be David Tennant. But one rumor is starting to make sense…
The next Doctor will be a teenager. Specifically, Asa Butterfield award winning child star of HUGO and next year’s much anticipated Ender’s Game.
Since he first appeared in 1967 as a cranky old William Hartnell (who was 55 when he first appeared as the Time Lord) Doctor Who has been portrayed by a series of younger looking actors right up to the current series where Christopher Eccleston (41) regenerated in to David Tennant (34) who regenerated into Matt Smith (28).
This presents new story and character options as the 1000+ year old time lord is running around in a body that everyone assumes is a child.
Asa Butterfield is an acclaimed english actor who will turn 17 next year. Though die-hard fans may cry foul, a younger Doctor fits the pattern laid out in the past 50 years, and opens up the possibilities for new companions and stories (and a younger fan base). And by the way, #wearekidding. We don’t know anyone associated with Doctor Who and have no inside information about casting. But just in case we’re preparing some Doogie Howser jokes…
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