Tee hee! That was naughty of me, but now I’ve got your attention, the Mirror has published a story where they pose the idea that Catherine Tate could potentially be cast as the next Doctor when/if Peter Capaldi leaves at the end of Series 10 (which they also wrote about).
My first reaction whenever I hear the “female Doctor” idea touted is “NO! The Doctor should remain male.” Then, when I’ve calmed down a bit and got off my high horse I start to think about the relatively small pool of actresses that could take on the challenge… That is where it gets tricky. The Doctor has to be charismatic and the actor needs to have a flair for combining gravitas with comedy. Having watched Tate as Donna Noble alongside David Tennant I believe that she would have all the required skills to carry it off. After all, she did a marvelous job as the Doctor-Donna.
But – and this is a big “but” – this could be a really big mistake to have another old face from the past crop up as the Doctor’s new mug. We’ve already done that with Capaldi with a half-assed reference to it in the show which wasn’t really that satisfying an explanation. There’s also the Colin Baker instance from the dim and distant past that was never explained. And no-one asked for it to be explained; it was just accepted. To do it again might be a disservice to fandom and other actors out there that could do the role equal justice – but who? Any ideas, dear Kasterborous readers?
On the other hand, referring back to the Doctor-Donna, why not have her come back to the show to reprise that performance? Her rapid delivery of complex lines was excellent and would suit her as the “real” Doctor. Also, this could tie-in to the “explanation” of the Doctor’s ‘Caecilius face’ and be used to explore regeneration theory further as Donna was with the Doctor at the time they met Caecilius . This could be the Doctor telling him/herself something more about that period in his/her life and lead into a sequel to The Fires of Pompeii and the invasion of the Pyroviles. Maybe a trip to Pyrovilia would be in order to sort out some universal threat? Maybe tie it in with the Medusa Cascade events of The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End? The possibilities are endless! I may have just created an arc plot for a whole season! Awesome.
Back to the original article from the Mirror, this is more of a “yeah, why not” from Tate when asked if she’d go back to the show and the Mirror taking the response way beyond its real meaning. When questioned about if there’s a chance the Doctor will ever be female, Tate says:
“I hope there is … I’m sure there will be a female Doctor one day.”
The article also mentions the Big Finish stories she’s working on with David Tennant – so why not pop over here and read what we had to say on the subject?
So… What are your thoughts on Catherine Tate playing the Doctor? Don’t be shy, we just want a mate…