Emma Watson IS The Doctor!

Sorry! I had to do THAT again after the great reaction we got from my Catherine Tate IS The Doctor! article!

In all seriousness, though, given that we have well and truly established in canon that The Doctor COULD be a woman and that we really enjoy speculating about the what-ifs and maybes and the heck-nos, then why shouldn’t we dig a little deeper into the gender-swapping speculation that is happening elsewhere on the interwebs? It’s not like we’ve got any new Doctor Who happening this side of Christmas to talk about, is it?

First up, we have the Metro discussing the possibility that Emma Watson, the lovably nerdy and super-pretty Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (in case you didn’t know!). They say she is being “touted” (although it’s not clear who is doing this touting other than the Metro themselves) to take over in 2018 when Chibs takes the reins of the show. I call him Chibs. I’m probably the only one, though, to be fair. It amuses me to think this guy could be running the show. Anyway, I digress…

The Metro says it’s time to breathe fresh air into the show. I tend to agree, but I think the new show runner Chris Chibnall will be changing enough to keep us interested without having The Doctor change gender, as well. We’ll have fresh ideas, new directions, new music, new titles, some new writers (hopefully including some more female writers – I wonder what J.K. Rowling is up to…?) and maybe a new Doctor. But should it be Watson? She’s certainly a fantastic role model outside of the acting profession with her gender equality charity work. Taking this one step further, they also mention what fun it would be to have men cosplaying as a female Doctor at conventions – this idea does amuse me (and I’d do it!), but it’s hardly a good reason to make such a radical change to the show’s format.

Over at the Independent, they take a different approach, stating that the show desperately needs a reboot. Not a restart from scratch, but a completely new approach to get away from the cul-de-sac that The Grand Moff drove us into.

Under Moffat, they claim the show has ended up talking to itself rather than appealing across the board to fans and casual viewers alike. I tend to agree somewhat, as it felt as though it was written “by fans for fans” – which, in essence, it was. Chibs should strip it back and make the fan references a much rarer occurence and just concentrate on taking the show in new directions – i.e. forwards.

On the subject of a fresh new Doctor, one actress they propose is Eva Green, who has great genre credentials with Penny Dreadful – but that already films for six months a year in Dublin. Would she have the time? If she does, then she could be a great choice as a mature woman known for playing strong characters with plenty of big and small screen experience. She’s been a Bond girl (Casino Royale), a psychic (Penny Dreadful), a dame to kill for (the Sin City sequel), a persian naval commander (300: Rise of an Empire) and many other suitably spiffing roles. So why not? I’ll even go out on a limb and say that I would prefer Eva Green over Catherine Tate if we have to choose a female Doctor. What do you reckon, Kasterborites?

In a typically frivolous and condescending piece of finger-in-the-air list making, the Mirror gives us their opinion on the subject of the next Doctor. When not insulting us with comments like “Doctor Who fans are getting their multi-coloured Tom Baker tribute scarves in a twist” they regurgitate the list of names in the frame from Ladbrokes. Top of the list at 5/1 is Ben Whishaw (Q in the recent Bond films). It’s an interesting list and I won’t repeat the whole thing here… Actually, I will, so you don’t have to read the Mirror’s insulting rhetoric that’s wrapped around it – I’ve done that for you already so you don’t need to bother!

  • Ben Whishaw 5/1
  • Richard Ayoade 6/1
  • Rory Kinnear 7/1
  • Miranda Hart 8/1
  • Jason Flemyng 9/1
  • David Harewood 10/1
  • Helena Bonham Carter 10/1
  • Alexander Vlahos 12/1
  • Daniel Rigby 12/1
  • Olivia Colman 14/1
  • Michael Sheen 14/1
  • Idris Elba 16/1
  • Chiwetel Ejifor 16/1
  • Russell Tovey 16/1
  • Ben Daniels 20/1
  • Alexandra Roach 20/1
  • Jennifer Saunders 20/1
  • Sheridan Smith 20/1
  • Sophie Okonedo 25/1
  • Tilda Swinton 25/1
  • Helen Mirren 25/1
  • Hugh Bonneville 25/1
  • Sarah Lancashire 25/1
  • Eddie Redmaybe 25/1 
  • Phillip Glenister 25/1
  • David Mitchell 33/1
  • Keeley Hawes 33/1
  • James Corden 50/1
  • Hugh Grant 50/1
  • Katherine Kelly 50/1
  • Damian Lewis 50/1

Some intersting names on the list, and some real shockers. James Corden? NO!!! Tilda Swinton? YES!!! Alexander Vlahos would be a good choice with experience on Merlin and even some Doctor Who on his CV (Doctor Who: The Adventure Games – The Gunpowder Plot). Idris Elba would be superb, but it looks as though he’ll be busy with Stephen King’s Dark Tower TV and film series, unfortunately. David Harewood is also busy with his role on Supergirl.

So… over to you, dear readers… Vent away! But please keep it clean. No kicking. No biting. No gouging. No ringing door bells and running away!


Simon Mills


Simon was born at an early age and has loved Doctor Who since even before then. Truth be told, it was those pesky giant maggots and the dandy in the frilly shirt that got him hooked... but it was the hair, teeth, eyes and scarf that made him stick around to this very day. When not writing for Kasterborous, Simon indulges in his passion for karate training and listening to (and writing about) some seriously heavy rock and metal music. Not at the same time, though, as that can lead to serious injury and/or lawsuits.

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