David Morrissey. The next Doctor?
The next Doctor?
By Paul Coslett
Could Liverpool’s David Morrissey be the next Doctor Who? His role alongside David Tennant in the 2008 Christmas special has led to speculation about the next Doctor. If true he would be only the latest Liverpool connection to the Tardis.
Liverpool actor David Morrissey is remaining tight-lipped about whether he is to be the next Doctor Who when David Tennant vacates the role.
Speculation that Morrissey could be in line to be the eleventh Doctor has been fuelled by his appearance alongside David Tennant in a trailer for the Christmas Day special of Doctor Who.
Morrissey appears as a character calling himself the Doctor who claims he is a Timelord, and even possesses a sonic screwdriver
David Morrissey though refuses to confirm any details of his role, “It will all be revealed on Christmas Day,” he told BBC Breakfast News.
“It’s very hard to talk about really.”
Regardless of whether he is to be the next Doctor or not Morrissey is continuing a tradition of Liverpool born actors who have been associated with the role.
Tom Baker - The Fourth Doctor
Tom Baker who was born on Liverpool’s famous Scotland Road played the fourth incarnation of the Doctor from 1974 to 1981, he is the longest running Doctor in the shows history playing the role continuously for seven years.
Baker’s Doctor is one of the best remembered, partly because of his eccentric style of dress and his fondness for Jelly Babies.
Such was his distinctiveness the fourth Doctor character has even appeared in The Simpsons.
It was also during Baker’s tenure that the robotic dog K-9 was introduced to the series.
Baker was joined for part of his run by Liverpool’s Elisabeth Sladen who played the Doctor’s assistant Sarah Jane Smith.
Sarah Jane originally appeared alongside the third Doctor Jon Pertwee.
Paul McGann - The Eighth Doctor
A one time assistant stage manager at the Liverpool Playhouse Sladen’s first screen appearance was in the 1964 film Ferry Cross the Mersey which starred Gerry Marsden.
She left the series in 1976 but has made frequent reappearances, most recently with David Tennant’s Doctor and now stars in the spin off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Liverpool’s second Doctor was Paul McGann who played the eighth incarnation in a one off TV special in 1996.
The special was made as a pilot for US network Fox but failed to be made in to a series, it was the Doctor’s first appearance since the original BBC series was axed in 1989.
Despite the lack of a television series McGann continued to portray the Doctor in audio dramas and comic strip form - in terms of stories he is the most prolific Doctor.
Even Ken Dodd has got in on the Doctor Who act appearing as The Tollmaster alongside Sylvester McCoy’s seventh Doctor in 1987.
The two Davids appear in the Christmas special.
As to whether Liverpool will have a third Doctor Who, David Morrissey is revealing very little about his role in the Christmas special but is full of praise for the current incumbent, “It’s a great show and whoever takes over has got big boots to fill because I think David [Tennant] has been fantastic as Doctor Who.”
“We’re always complaining on Christmas Day there’s too many repeats and films that we’ve already got on DVD, so I think here we have a programme that everybody’s going to be watching and nobody knows what’s going to happen, so it’s hard to spoil it.”
“My mobile phone has been going mad with people I’ve never met before.
“It’s very much a tease campaign, as you can see from the trailer, all I can say is I did love every minute of doing it.
“It was fantastic.”
The Doctor Who Christmas special ‘The Next Doctor’ starring David Tennant and David Morrissey is on BBC One on 25 December, 2008.
last updated: 11/12/2008 at 09:35