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Who'll be the next Doctor Who? Behind the scenes at the Christmas Special

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 16:18 UK time, Friday, 19 December 2008

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The One Show sent Jon Culshaw to Gallifrey, via Cardiff, in our exclusive behind the scenes look at the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

David Tennant will be passing on the sonic screwdriver to a new Doctor next year. But who will play the role?

I don't know. But our resident Doctor Who fan, Researcher Dan from the web team, reckons he does. He's been looking at the bookies' picks and giving me his verdict. Dan says:

"David Morrissey (You'll know him from Blackpool and The Other Boleyn girl) is hotly tipped at 11/10 and is already appearing as the mysterious 'other Doctor' in the Christmas special, but this could work against him.

"Chiwetel Ejiofor - currently at 7/1 has the sci-fi background, having appeared in cult hit Serenity. His Shakespearian background could add some gravitas to the Doctor.

"James Nesbitt (Murphy's Law, Cold Feet) is coming in at 12/1 but James' name has been on the radar for playing the Doctor since before Christopher Eccleston and he never seems to get further than a rumour.

"My favourite to get the job is Paterson Joseph (Survivors, Peep Show) after it was inadvertently leaked during an interview on BBC News a few weeks ago that he may be up for the role. The rumours are so strong around him that many bookies have stopped taking bets."

Just in case you're wondering, our very own Adrian Chiles comes in at 200/1.

Who will be the next Doctor Who? Who should be the next Doctor Who? Let us know.

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  • 1. At 7:24pm on 19 Dec 2008, navigator13 wrote:

    Would have thought that Myleene Class would be evens, she's on just about everything else.


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  • 2. At 7:37pm on 19 Dec 2008, CcaattHHyy wrote:

    i think it should be that guy on the bt adverts.
    it probly wont be tho.
    cathy(aged 11)

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  • 3. At 10:19am on 22 Dec 2008, Welshdoug wrote:

    Would a fat Doctor Who be a Time Lard?

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  • 4. At 3:14pm on 24 Dec 2008, Moonowl wrote:

    Paterson Joseph is definitely my favourite for the role - he meets all the criteria of a good doctor. Although Chiwetel Ejiofor is also a stron contender, lets not forget that David Tennant's roots are with the Bard and what a fine doctor he has been.

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  • 5. At 8:15pm on 25 Dec 2008, laughingdavey7 wrote:

    Wow it's a tough choice for the bbc, but if it were down to me i would want someone older and very different to Tennant. it's about time we had an older more eccentric doctor , playing up the alien jig.

    the series has brought a lot with it i like, but i still prefer old school who, maybe because i was brought up on it, I've found it hard getting into new who, although i think each season gets a little better.
    however there's a lot that can be learned from old school who and i think we need someone very special for the role as always. personally i think anyone of these five would be killer for different reasons.
    my personal favorite Sean pertwee, Dylan Moran, James Nesbit, Hugh Dancy or Lain Robertson from sea of souls. (;

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  • 6. At 8:50pm on 29 Dec 2008, Joni555 wrote:

    I bet the BBC will do the unexpected and choose a woman this time. As long as it's not John Barrowman I don't care.

    My choice would be David Mitchell 'cause he rocks!

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  • 7. At 1:01pm on 30 Dec 2008, archigil2 wrote:

    if it's david morrisey i for one won't be watching,his performance in the christmas special was terrible and amateurish?
    my choice would be robert carlyle,with james nesbitt a close second choise?

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  • 8. At 2:53pm on 05 Jan 2009, oneshowblogadmin wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 9. At 10:04pm on 22 Jan 2009, Birtannia wrote:

    Boris Johnson, unless he's too busy being P.M., or KIng.

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  • 10. At 9:30pm on 05 Feb 2009, callyfragilistic wrote:

    News just confirmed - William Hartnell is just leaving the orbit Gallafreia minor and is on his way. . Sends his apologies for the slight delay . . should be picking Katy M and Liz S up at the next intersection . .

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