We should always treat rumours with a pinch of salt. And the recent speculation that Tilda Swinton could be playing the thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who is no exception. According to The Herald, Swinton is now bookies’ favourite to become the Doctor. The regeneration will be happening at the end of this year’s Christmas Special.
Swinton’s most recent role was as Benedict Cumberbatch’s mentor the Ancient One in Marvel‘s Doctor Strange. She certainly demonstrated many of the qualities that a person playing the Doctor needs as the Ancient One. Her powerful perfomance, depth of character and the experience she has gained throughout film and TV makes her a fantastic choice. However, speculation is rife and with no official word on Peter Capaldi’s replacement on the show, we’re still in the dark.
Another key point about Tilda Swinton becoming the Doctor is that she would be the first female regeneration. Every time the BBC start their search for the next Doctor, the suggestions put forward can often be unrealistic. However, this time around we find growing calls for the Doctor to regenerate into a woman.
With Chris Chibnall taking the reigns of the show in 2018, his team could well be open to the idea of changing the gender of the Doctor. Until recently, Ben Whishaw was favourite to play a younger timelord. Whishaw would be a brilliant choice for the Doctor. Yet, Swinton also has the talent to take the show in a very different direction to that of Capaldi. Other names currently in the running are Broadchurch‘s Olivia Coleman, Death in Paradise‘s Kris Marshall. You can see our list of favourite actors for the thirteenth Doctor here.
In the meantime, we’ll just have to sit tight and wait for an official announcement. As the BBC did with unveiling Capaldi, we’re expecting the big Doctor Who reveal sometime around June. Keep updated on GeekFeed until then.
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