Actors I would love to see play The Doctor on Doctor Who

by SilentJoe13 | created - 19 Feb 2012 | updated - 19 Feb 2012 | Public

These are actors who I would love to see play the great Doctor on the show (or even a movie of) Doctor Who.

1. Richard E. Grant

Actor | Gosford Park

Richard E. Grant was born on May 5, 1957 in Mbabane, Union of South Africa as Richard Grant Esterhuysen. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Hudson Hawk (1991) and Withnail & I (1987). He has been married to Joan Washington since November 1, 1986. They have two children.

He already kinda played The Doctor on the animated mini-series "Scream of the Shalka" so I would love to see what he can do on the live-action Doctor Who.

2. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the ...

I think its about time for a black Doctor, don't you? This man is perfect for it. He can be deadly serious and wildly charismatic. He's one of Britain's finest actors working today.

3. Tom Hiddleston

Actor | The Avengers

Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...

These days, he's known for playing a terrifying supervillain and he's very good at it but I truly believe he has enough charisma to pull off playing the good Doctor.

4. Jack O'Connell

Actor | Unbroken

Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and ...

If you've only seen him on Skins, you know he can act but may have trouble seeing him as a "hero"type. I think he can give a very interesting, very fresh take on The Doctor.

5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Actor | Kick-Ass

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor.

He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas (2002). Aaron is of ...

It's hard not to see him as The Doctor. He looks like a believable hero and has the talent as many have seen it in Nowhere Boy, Kick-Ass and Albert Nobbs.

6. Peter Capaldi

Actor | Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Nancy (Soutar) and Gerald John Capaldi. His parents owned an ice cream business. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), Scottish, and Irish descent. Capaldi attended drama classes and was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art. After ...

He can play an older gruff Doctor with a lot of backbone but still has two hearts of gold.

7. Damian Lewis

Actor | Band of Brothers

Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, ...

What people who only know Damian from Homeland (where he's done a brilliant job as of late) don't know is that he's actually British. Not only that but if you have'nt seen some of his earlier works like Assassin in Love, he can actually be really funny, a very important trait of The Doctor. Plus, The Doctor did say he always wanted to be Ginger. Lewis would be perfect as the first Ginger Doctor!

8. Bill Bailey

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...

We have'nt really seen a truly madly bizarre Doctor since Tom Baker. Bailey usually acts like he's from another planet in most of his roles anyway so why not him?

9. Eddie Izzard

Actor | Ocean's Thirteen

Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.

Izzard worked as a street ...

When people were still looking for someone to play the Ninth Doctor back in 2003, The Fourth Doctor himself Tom Baker stated that Izzard would be an ideal Doctor and I could'nt agree more.

10. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

Carlyle was considered to play the Eleventh Doctor before the role went to Matt Smith. I honestly love to see him running around the TARDIS on some bloody mad scheme shouting out all sorts of techno-babble about wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey stuff.

11. Hugh Grant

Actor | Love Actually

Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill (1999), opposite Julia ...

He turned down the role of the Ninth Doctor because he was doubtful about how successful the show would turn out. He's already said he regrets the decision and I gurantee he would say yes if asked to play him today. I think he can play a sqeeky clean, dashing hero type kinda like what Peter Davison was as the Fifth Doctor.

12. Rhys Ifans

Actor | The Amazing Spider-Man

Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in...

He is a great, underrated actor who can bring something brand new to the role. The way he walks and the way he talks can bring a new kind of swagger to The Doctor.

13. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of...

He's proven to be an amazing mo-cap actor, but he has given some outstanding performances when he actually shows his face. His work in Sex, Drugs, & Rock & Roll proves he is a great character actor and The Doctor is just the character who Serkis can give such a special touch to.

14. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his "big" acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Drexl in ...

Why him you may ask? He's Gary *beep* Oldman! He can pull off any character! Why the *beep* not him?

15. Dylan Moran

Actor | Black Books

Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So...

After watching him in every episode of Black Books and the film The Actors, I have a good feeling he can be a hilarious and even a little cynical kind of Doctor.

16. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

He usually plays much darker roles, but he's shown in interviews that he has a very dry, witty sense of humor. He can definetely pull off the dramatic moments when needed, but it'll be interesting to see The Doctor's humor as more dry and less oddball.

17. Mark Heap

Actor | Stardust

Mark Heap was born on May 13, 1957 in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India. He is an actor and writer, known for Stardust (2007), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) and Green Wing (2004).

If you wanted a more oddball Doctor, Heap would be an interesting choice. I think he can pull off being awkward, unstable, and wise all at once. Don't believe me? Watch a few episodes of Spaced.