Few shows out there in TV land are like Doctor Who. There are of course the wibbly wobbly obvious wobvious reasons, such as its long legacy and zany plotlines, but I’m talking more about its lead character’s regeneration, allowing a multitude of different actors to take on the role over the years. Sure, sitcoms and dramas have swapped out leads in the past, but the real-life drama behind those changes usually overshadows the non-organic way in which they’re taken out of the plotlines. Who fans always know a change is lurking just around the corner.
Still, it was quite a surprise when the eleventh Doctor Matt Smith announced his departure a week ago. And the Internet has been ablaze with talk about possible replacements ever since. The trades recently reported that there is a good chance a female could be in line to control the TARDIS, and that Oscar winner Helen Mirren’s past interest in the role makes her a candidate. Of course, they also speculate that Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) and Russell Tovey (Being Human) are also favorites for the part.