Sheridan Smith has emerged as favourite to play the new Doctor in the BBC’s long-running science-fiction television drama series, it has been claimed.
Reports have said the 31-year-old actress is top of the BBC’s wish-list to take over the role from the current Doctor, Matt Smith – that’s according to local newspaper The Scunthorpe Telegraph.
It follows the announcement earlier this month that Matt Smith—who has played the Eleventh Doctor since 2010—will relinquish the part at the end of the year.
If true, Smith would likely replace her namesake as the Doctor during this year’s as-yet-unnamed Christmas special, in the process becoming the first-ever woman in the show’s 50-year history to take on the TV role—officially, at least. Unofficially, the Doctor has been played by a woman on two previous occasions: Joanna Lumley in Steven Moffat’s Comic Relief parody The Curse of Fatal Death (1999); and Arabella Weir in Big Finish’s Doctor Who Unbound audio adventure Exile (2003) by Nicholas Briggs.
Just over a week ago, the Sunday Telegraph claimed that Rory Kinnear had been offered the role, despite the actor himself denying he had been approached. However, since the announcement was made that the BBC were actively looking for a new actor to play the Doctor, many have voiced the view that it is time for a woman to be cast. A number of female actors have been mentioned, including Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen), Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife) and Zawe Ashton (Case Histories).
Last week, Mirren ruled out the likelihood of her becoming the first female Doctor, but went on to say, “I’m so sick of that man with his girl sidekick [and] could name at least ten wonderful British actresses who would absolutely kill in that role.”
If chosen, this will be Smith’s second major foray into the Doctor Who universe. Between 2006 and 2011, she travelled in the TARDIS with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, as his assistant, Lucie Miller, in a number of Big Finish audio adventures.
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