50 Actors Who Could Play the Next Doctor on Doctor Who

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BBC fantasy drama “Merlin” didn’t provide Colin Morgan with the most fashionable outfits, maybe. (Photo: BBC)

Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan has already played one of the most famous sorcerers the world has ever known, why not sign him up for one of its most famous sci-fi icons too? Morgan starred in the BBC drama Merlin for five seasons, winning rave reviews for his vulnerable, conflicted, often dorky young wizard. He’s charming, generally adorable, and great at playing both humor and pathos. What’s not to like, here? He’d be a great Doctor, and maybe even introduce a little bit of lighthearted silliness back into the show.

Plus, casting Morgan would continue the Doctor Who tradition of reusing actors in main roles who once played bit parts on the series. Like Peter Capaldi and Karen Gillan before him, Morgan is already a Who alum. He played Jethro, an angsty young man featured in creeptastic Season 4 episode “Midnight” opposite David Tennant. And if the show can come up with a reason for Capaldi to be both the Twelfth Doctor and that Roman guy from “The Fires of Pompeii,” they can handle this too.

Unfortunately, the former Merlin star doesn’t seem that interested in the part. He’s currently starring in the AMC drama Humans, and seems fairly happy where he is. He’s also repeatedly said he’s not chasing the role of the Doctor.

But, on the plus side, he’s not completely ruling it out either.

"“It all comes around, I guess, when the re-generation of the new Doctor comes along. It’s been asked of me before. I guess, in all honesty, it’s not something I have my sights set on at the moment, but who knows?”"

In addition to being an extremely capable actor, Morgan would also bring his sizable online fanbase along with him to Doctor Who. A win-win, for everyone, right?