You might say they had it coming. After all, it was a list based on the flimsiest of pretenses – but nonetheless The Sun, presenting the tallied and collated version of an indifferent shrug has announced the results of its poll to choose the next Doctor.
With just 4,738 votes in total (unlike say, the 88,000 supporters of a campaign to end ‘Page 3’) and a majority boasting a slender lead of 23 per cent the winner was…
If you think that’s a blindingly obvious choice given his involvement in Sherlock and the fact that he turned the roll down then check out who came second!
The populist choices continue with James Corden – who appeared as Craig Owens in previous episodes — coming third in the poll, ahead of comedienne Miranda Hart (No!) and actor Laurence Fox.
Again, there seems to be some perverse logic here that if you a) are an actor and b) have some association, no matter how tenuous, with the show then you should be considered – as if all the BBC does is play six degrees of separation to cast its roles.
Rounding out the list were The Sun’s own suggestions such as Helen Mirren, Rafe Spall, Alex Jennings and Sean Pertwee.
Interestingly, the bookies early favourite Rory Kinnear bagged only 1 per cent of the vote.
The website also mistakenly claim, ‘Matt Smith is set to leave’ – but let’s not let fact stand in the way of a cheap shot in the dark, eh?
Who should play the Doctor?
Well Matt Smith, obviously but if we are to play The Sun’s game, wouldn’t it be disingenuous to ignore the fact that Matt was relatively unknown at the time he became the Doctor and has won fans over by being the right choice of actor and not, through some bizarre logic only known to the bribetacular Sun, the ‘correct’ choice.
The only real thing you can take away from this list is that it seems there really isn’t a consensus on who should take over the role. Whether that is because the choices offered by The Sun were so poor in respects to their suitability or that Doctor Who fans are smart and won’t hedge their bets on a rumour and will let the professionals do their jobs (rather than sliding them a bung or two) and pick the right man.