grain-of-salt news: Colin Salmon the new Doctor Who?
Oh, it is gonna be so much fun following the scramble over the next few months. Not the scramble of speculation over who will replace David Tennant on Doctor Who — cuz, really, I do not want to think about that at all — but the scramble by the British press to be the first to announce his replacement.
Now Magazine looks like it wants to win that scramble, even if it’s willing to be wrong a hundred times before it’s right. On Friday, Now was quick to assure us that it looked like Dr. Moon would be regenerating into the Doctor:
Colin Salmon is apparently being lined-up to play the first black Doctor Who.
The actor, who appears in latest James Bond movie Quantum Of Solace, is thought to be in talks to replace David Tennant, 37, when he leaves at the end of 2009.
Colin, 45, has already featured in the BBC series as the character Dr Moon.
‘He made a good impression when he appeared and bosses think the time is right to have the first black Doctor,’ a source tells The Sun.
(Dr. Moon, in case you’ve forgotten, appeared in the two-parter “Silence in the Library”/“Forest of the Dead.”)
Nice of Now to couch this rumor in nondefinitive language — apparently, thought to be. Perhaps it learned its lesson of only three days earlier, when Now announced, in no uncertain terms:
EastEnders star Tom Ellis has been tipped as the 11th Doctor Who.
The actor, married to Tamzin Outhwaite, joined the Albert Square cast for 5 months in 2006 as Dr Oliver Cousins.
Tom, 29, appeared in Doctor Who last year – again in a medical role – as NHS doctor Tom Milligan and now boss Steven Moffat is said to have lined him up for the starring role.
‘Tom is the frontrunner for the job and is very interested,’ a source tells The Daily Mirror.
(Tom Milligan, of course, was Martha’s contact in England in the Master-ruled alternate universe of “Last of the Time Lords,” and was mentioned — but did not appear — as Martha’s fiancé in “The Sontaran Stratagem.”)
Perhaps the lesson we fans should learn from this is that Now will only report potential-Doctor news if the actor involved has previously played another doctor on the show.
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