James Nesbitt Rumours Return

Barely a day into August, Series 4 yet to shoot, and already a certain newspaper that we don’t mention anymore is suggesting that both David Tennant and Russell T Davies are off at the end of the next run.

And according to a couple of Guardian blogs here and here, we’re set for a pairing of fan favourite Stephen Moffatt for the show runner job, and his Jekyll star James Nesbitt for the Doctor.

And of all the actors who’ve been tipped for the role (Robert Carlyle, Jason Statham, Hugh Grant?!), Nesbitt seems one of the few with both the right stature and the right sense of mischief. Take away the murderous tendencies and superhuman libido, and his portrayal of Hyde can be viewed quite credibly as an audition for the Doctor.

While Organgrinder says:

It seems increasingly likely – though not officially confirmed by the BBC, unless I’ve missed something – that both David Tennant and Russell T Davies will be leaving Doctor Who after next year’s fourth series. So let the speculation begin about their replacements…

Personally, I think the BBC could do a lot worse than the Nesbitt/Moffat combo.

I have to say that personally I don’t feel that Nesbitt is right for the job. He reportedly publicly mocked the series’ comeback during the pre-production phase of Series 1, and doesn’t come across to me as man keen on engaging with fans. I could reel off a list of ten better candidates, too.

Still, it is a better choice than Robert Carlyle or Jason Statham (who?), although I am a big fan of the possibility of a Hugh Grant Doctor, if he’s played as the rarely-seen nasty, edgy type of Hugh Grant character and not The Bloody Toff.

We’ve got months of speculation on this matter to come, but I think it might be in everyone’s benefit if I just wrote these words:

Don’t go David!

Elsewhere, while some of us fear the coming of big brother, the less anxious among us watch the social experiment on Channel 4, now in its 95th season! Among the second phase of housemates is some bloke called “Jonty” who is presumably a Doctor Who fan – from the Manchester Evening News:

He read Welsh Studies at University, where he set up and ran the Dr Who Society – which he claims became so popular it attracted 10 per cent of the entire university population.


On a lighter note, there’s a lovely photo at ThisIsCheshire.co.uk of some kids running away from a Dalek at Market Gate in Warrington, on July 25th.

And the South West Dalek Crew are on the trundle! As reported here some months back, they’ve begun their insanely long 106 mile charity trip from Swindon to Cardiff, as seen in the Swindon Advertiser:

The crew, which is made up of Nythe resident Jeff Palmer and his two Dr Who-mad chums Dave Smith and Brian Jackson, will make themselves comfortable inside their electric creations and drive them on main roads closely followed by the group’s converted library bus, which has been painted blue to look like the Tardis.

The Daleks can reach speeds of 11mph and will alternate whenever they run out of battery power.

Jeff and his two friends are aiming to raise £10,000 for Marie Curie.

You can find out more about the South West Dalek Crew and Dalek-building in general in our interview with one of the fundraisers, Dave Smith.

Finally – the Big Finish Dalek Empire is pretty popular, but have you ever imagined it like this? (Requires Quicktime to view)



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