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A Time Lord Wish List

Guest contributor Frank Cheeryble lists actors he would like to see as Time Lord characters.

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With Peter Capaldi about to take his first steps into the TARDIS, new Doctor casting ideas are at their least relevant. But what about the others? Now The Day of the Doctor has aired, the return of the Time Lord society to modern-day Who has gone from fan speculation to an almost-certain development at some point in the next few years. So which actors and actresses out there today would make for great Time Lords, those characters with a Doctor-esque spirit but channelled in very different directions. The following list (presented in no particular order, I might add) compiles those people who I think would be incredible additions to the cast once Gallifrey is finally found, whether as nemeses or allies. Hopefully I can reach the end without mentioning the Master… (damn, too late.)

The Enemy: Claire Foy

Claire-FoyYou may know her from: Little Dorrit, Upstairs Downstairs, White Heat

When the notion of a female Doctor comes up, Claire is the first person that springs to my mind. One moment lost, the next moment fighting; the energies of her performances and range within individual parts are perfectly suited to our favourite Gallifreyan. Having said that, I think she may be an even better fit for a female adversary to the Doctor. Someone with an outer shell of steel resilience, but insecurities and backstory a-plenty underneath. See her glorious turn as Lady Persie in Upstairs Downstairs for how well she can play that one. Someone the Doctor just might be able to redeem, like the planet itself, but it won’t be an easy job. Lara Pulver (Robin Hood, Sherlock, Spooks) could also do a top job in the same department (so much so that I won’t repeat myself by giving her a separate entry here), but Ms Foy would be my number one pick.

The Saviour: David Suchet

david-suchet-poirotYou may know him as: Poirot

A small-screen legend for his recently concluded 25-year turn as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, it’s time for brother-of-that-ITV-newsreader David to show his worth elsewhere. Possessed of a much deeper and powerful voice than Monsieur Poirot displays, David would bring a superb air of authority to a Time Lord of high standing – someone who our first impressions of would suggest an imposing and threatening figure. I see him as someone who ultimately comes through for the Doctor, showing the kind heart within and helping lead the Time Lords back into the light. But that might be just because the man who played Poirot should never be evil. David would be able to pull off good or bad equally well, though, and I can picture him in full Gallifreyan getup more than anyone else on this list. He’s a must.

The Soldier: Andrew Scott

andrew-scott-moriartyYou may know him from: Sherlock, Blackout, Legacy

Someone who I was surprised wasn’t mentioned much at all as a potential Twelfth Doctor, Andrew of course grabbed everyone’s attention by the collar and gave it a good shake with his mesmerising performance as Moriarty in Sherlock. The psychopathic energy and otherworldliness is easy to see in this one, and I’ve long wanted to see him channel that into a good guy persona. It’s easy to see him as a front-line Time Warrior, haunted by the horrors he has seen but determined to save his people however he can. And just imagine his interaction with Capaldi’s Doctor…

The Mother: Indira Varma

indira-varma-torchwoodYou may know her from: Torchwood, Rome, Luther, By Any Means

I am a massive fan of Indira, ever since her duplicitous role as Suzie that drove forth Torchwood’s introductory episode. The common thread in the roles I’ve seen her in is that of someone struggling to hold their life together, and she’d be perfect casting as a single mother (father lost in the war?) fighting to protect her brood in the increasingly lawless Gallifrey. It’s been six years since she was in Torchwood, no one would mind would they? And as for her children…

The Daughter: Sinead Michael

sarah jane adventures series 5 (15)You may know her from: The Sarah Jane Adventures

Bit of a cheat this one, as I’d like Sinead to appear for reasons other than her acting ability (not that there’s anything lacking there). She played Sky in the final series of SJA, but her character’s introduction was naturally overshadowed by Lis Sladen’s death; Sinead’s first three stories therefore suddenly became the last three ever to be made. Through no one’s fault, the excellent potential for her character was cut off before she’d really begun. So let’s put the Whoniverse to rights as much as possible, and show a glimpse of what could have become of young non-human Sky in an equally alien-but-human role as a Time Lord daughter. No more than a subtle nod, but I would welcome it.

The Renegade: Freddie Fox

Freddie-FoxYou may know him from: The Shadow Line, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

My personal left-field choice for the Doctor before Mr Capaldi was announced, Billie Piper’s cousin-in-law Freddie has more than a touch of the alien about him. He makes a captivating if slightly disturbing screen presence, and I would love to see him as a young Time Lord making the wrong choices until the Doctor comes along. As I alluded to above, I envisage a post-war Gallifrey as descending into lawlessness and mob rule, and Freddie’s Time Lord would take full advantage of that. He would rob, pillage and betray to his heart’s content, but the Doctor could guide him into being the right sort of renegade and set him on a path to lead the Gallifreyan outlaws back into good.

The Weary: Denis Lawson

Denis-Lawson-actorYou may know him from: Star Wars, Bleak House, Just William, New Tricks

Silver fox Denis Lawson is to my mind the ultimate actor of a certain age, having come into his own in the last few years. Although he’s still got his fair share of sprightliness, somehow I see his Time Lord as being an old and weary figure: someone who has been present throughout the war, and just wants all the misery to be over with. Maybe he could hold the key to salvation for the Time Lords and Gallifrey, but needs to be convinced that it’s even worth the effort of trying. Another story of redemption waiting to be told, as a lot surely will be when returning to Gallifrey.

The Companion: Ellie Kendrick

Ellie-Kendrick-in-GAME-OF-THRONES-Season-3You may know her from: The Diary of Anne Frank, Upstairs Downstairs, Being Human, Game of Thrones

Okay, I’ll confess: I mostly want Ellie to appear in Who because I am madly in love with her. But putting that aside, she’d still have a lot to offer to a Time Lord role. The narrative circularity of the Doctor departing Gallifrey with a young girl to mentor in his time-travelling ways is surely too good to resist, and Ellie does bear a passing resemblance to a certain Miss Foreman. It’s time for another Gallifreyan to see the stars, and time for the Doctor to pass on his legacy (particularly if Capaldi’s Doctor doesn’t have any natural regenerations left). I’m thinking Susan with less screaming and ankle-twisting and more independent ideas, basically. Who wouldn’t love to see that? Ellie has all the credentials to make such a role something incredible: scared but never showing it, resourceful but naïve, quirky yet relatable. I can’t think of anyone better to join team TARDIS.

Hopefully this has been more than just a list of actors I like, and it is clear why I think all those named above would be particularly stunning as Time Lords. So if you’re reading, Steven, feel free to nick any of these ideas – only you and I will ever know. To everyone else, feel free to stick your own Time Lord-related desires in the comments below!

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godstrike
godstrike

I really really cannot understand the appeal of Andrew Scott. He was TERRIBLE as Moriarty!



DW_girl
DW_girl

I would say Andrew Scott or Benedict Cumberbatch as The Master, but I really doubt that will happen, what with Doctor Who and Sherlock being such closely related programmes (although not in the same universe, I know). How about Colin Morgan? He was in Doctor Who before (but that could be worked around), and he gave us exceptional acting performances in Merlin, so much so that Colin could even be The Doctor, or a companion at least!

Handles
Handles

Steven Moffat as The Master.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

ellie kendrick is an excellent idea, some more for me would be Tom Hiddleston, Matthew rhys, Tatiana maslany & Nathan Stewart-Jarret. 


Joe17
Joe17

I've said it before and I'll say it again Tom Hiddleston as The Master!  

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

I think all these actors would sort of fit together as Time Lords.

Nicholas Hoult - He would make a brilliant Doctor


Joe Dempsie - Some kind of baddie not sure what.


Harry Lloyd or Joe Gilgun - The Master: Harry has already been in Human Nature/Family of Blood but he would make a brilliant Master none the less


Juno Temple - They could give River some new regenerations and give some new life into her character, Juno would do that perfectly.




My No. 1 on the Wishlist - Natalie Dormer as The Rani, you look at her and you just go YES. She is such a talented actress and absolutely has the look about her.

Shadestryke
Shadestryke

Just 2 words - Patrick Stewart! 







Doesn't really matter what role he gets, as he'd be fantastic in any role.

DC815
DC815

Rassilon - Timothy Dalton. He was perfect. The Rani - Lesley Sharp yeah yeah she's been on the show before. But she was magnificent. Borusa - David Threlfall. Romana - Eileen Atkins, before she regenerates into a younger version. And, well, we know who the next Master is going to be, or so i hope!

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

Helena Bonham Carter would be a good choice for a newly-regenerated Rani. She is such a great actor and I could easily picture her as a Time Lady scientist.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I think Stephen Fry would be great as a higher ranking member of the Time Lord aristocracy, like a politician or something. Perhaps even as the Doctor's brother Irving Braxiatel if he ever makes a appearance in the show.

MrThorfan64
MrThorfan64

Mark Gatiss as Irving Braxiatel. Think about it.

TheMysticalFez
TheMysticalFez

Would love to see Michael Rosenbaum as the master because I'm Smallville fangirling

TheBiPunishment
TheBiPunishment

I imagine Ian McKellan, Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith would all be great as members of the High Council. That's if they can get them of course. I'd also love to see Douglas Henshall as the Master.

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

Anthony head would make a great Rassilon IMO, I also really want oral bradey to return as Tasha lem! I thought her performance in Time was outstanding :)

Xisco Lozdob
Xisco Lozdob

I want Sky (and Luke too, maybe) to be a companion, the Smith legacy. It would a nice homage to Mrs Sladen's character. Perhaps just a few episodes, when Capaldi is travelling alone, he meets them and, after saving the world, invites them to travel with him.

Weepingdalek
Weepingdalek

Lara Pulver must be The Rani, or a female Master, or anyone in Doctor Who.

Whovian123
Whovian123

David Suchet is a brilliant actor, as are others mentioned on this list, but seeing him play a role in Doctor Who would be strange to me, as I have only ever seen him play Poirot.

RickXeros
RickXeros

Personally, I'd like to see the doctors oldest onscreen time lord enemy resurrected in the new series, I want the Monk!

minipulator
minipulator

I might get a lot of hate for this, but I was seriously underwhelmed by Andrew Scott in Sherlock. I think Gatiss was much closer to what Moriarty should be. I've never seen Scott in anything else, so maybe I just haven't seen him well rounded, but his Moriarty came off as two dimensional, completely unbelievable as a man of intellect, and way over the top. I will say however, he nailed otherworldly, and yes that I do mean as a compliment.

I was surprised to find out that Gatiss is arguably a better actor than a writer. Really hoping he becomes a villain at some point. And not just because I think he deserves more screen time, but because he'd be good at the role.

Andrew_Swallow
Andrew_Swallow

Doctor Who is selling in the USA so you can bring in American actors.


Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Night of the Living Dead, Anne Manx radio plays) can play the warrior woman.  A Time Lady soldier that say got marooned and survives by kicking everyone's ass.  Pat can play both good and evil parts, which is unusual for American actresses.

mgm1229
mgm1229

A great list. Not to mention, Dennis Lawson is one of the best parts of "Local Hero," which is the movie that introduced most of us to Peter Capaldi. Anyone who wants to know the actor behind the 12th Doctor owes it to themself to find it and watch.

This was one of my favorite articles ever on this sight. Forward looking, enthusiastic,a view to the big picture... nicely done!

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Why couldn't I comment on this till now? Brilliant article, I agree with everything. I'd want Sky to appear in Doctor Who, she was a highlight of the SJA despite only being in three episodes.

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

What an absolutely brilliant article. Very original and thought provoking. I agree with every selection here. Mr. Moffat if your listening...

Darklordmyke
Darklordmyke

Timothy Dalton will, not doubt, make a re-apperance as Rassilon I take it! and Yes, I will take it!!

Venawesomeo
Venawesomeo

@Oncoming_Badger  Hoult?!?!?! No way! And all the others look way too like teenage models without any acting chops. Apart from Gilgun... that was a pretty good shout. Maybe not as the Master though.



JFrance
JFrance

@Shadestryke  Patrick Stewart could play an incarnation of Rassilon. After Timothy Dalton is done with the role of course.  

btedds4
btedds4

@MrThorfan64  Kind of off topic, but Mark Gatiss as Lex Luthor. Am I the only person who thinks he'd be perfect for the role?

TheValeyardsMimeArmy
TheValeyardsMimeArmy

Actually, strike that. I wouldn't mind Steve John Shepherd as the Master. And there are definitely a few from this list that I'd like to see as well, for sure. 

btedds4
btedds4

@Xisco Lozdob Is it my imagination or did the girl who played Sky also play Prim in The Hunger Games? 

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Sounds like the kind of thing Big Finish might one day do. I think they'd be great with Matt's Doctor personally.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Omega was last seen getting shot by Peter Davison. I don't think he's coming back anytime soon.

Venawesomeo
Venawesomeo

@epicduda  Would never happen. Too expensive and they're two of the most in-demand actors in the world.

DW_girl
DW_girl

@minipulator I loved how Andrew was over-the-top, because he created his own Moriarty. An insane irish Moriarty!

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

@minipulator  Scott was over the top, but I found that funny and oddly compelling, however I do agree with you that Gatiss' acting in Series 3 was remarkable although I still admire his work as a writer as well. And there is nothing to hate about your observation. It is honest and  well stated.

Venawesomeo
Venawesomeo

@Andrew_Swallow  Would bringing in a bunch of Americans sit well with the casual British viewers who are the ones bankrolling the show in the first place?? I'd foresee quit a bit of bitching in the MailOnline comment section...

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

@mgm1229  I agree with you about the quality of the article and how Local Hero is a must see for Capaldi fans. I saw the film when it first came out and the charming Capaldi won my heart.  I also remember seeing a complex and heart-rending performance as "Vera" in Prime Suspect III about a decade after Local Hero and  thought I had discovered a brilliant new actor, not realizing until recently that both performances were by Peter Capaldi!. Dennis Lawson in Local Hero was also fabulous.

mgm1229
mgm1229

Site. Can't let a spelling mistake linger...

Leighmumford
Leighmumford

The time lords resurrected Rassilon and the master for the time war, maybe they did the same with Omega. This is doctor who, anything can happen.

Andrew_Swallow
Andrew_Swallow

@Venawesomeo Mail readers tend to like Americans, French actors may be a different matter.


The Doctor has to be British.  The companion is better being British.  Reoccurring roles can be anything.  A second Time Lord would probably be a reoccurring role.

mgm1229
mgm1229

I forgot about that Prime Suspect! I checked on imdb and PC is also in a Poirot and Midsomer Murder, both available on Netflix. I may just have my own little Capaldi festival.