Doctor Who in crisis: Who should replace Peter Capaldi as The Doctor? video

Gunning for a new role - could the former Agent Carter Hayley Atwell be the right woman to play the first female Doctor Who?
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Gunning for a new role - could the former Agent Carter Hayley Atwell be the right woman to play the first female Doctor Who?

It's been a bad week for Whovians.

First, there was the death of the War Doctor John Hurt and now comes the news that Peter Capaldi will be leaving the Tardis after the current season and 2017 Christmas Special

So who should replace him as The Doctor? Stuff has come up with six picks for people we'd like to see travelling through time and space.

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Chris O'Dowd

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We had a brilliant Scotsman in David Tennant so why not an Irishman?

In everything from Bridesmaids to The Sapphires, the 37-year-old has proved he has an easy charisma and comedic-timing, while his work on BBC sitcom Moone Boy shows he knows how to entertain audiences of all ages.

Hayley Atwell

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If no-one's going to resurrect Agent Carter, then why not hand the keys to the Tardis to this English rose?

The 34-year-old proved on that criminally short-loved show that she knows how to mix action, comedy and drama and most importantly for Doctor Who, segue from one to the other seamlessly.

Hugh Laurie

Could the Tardis be an ideal new home for former House star Hugh Laurie?
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Could the Tardis be an ideal new home for former House star Hugh Laurie?

He's been talked about many times before, but is now the hour for the 57-year-old to take on this most-beloved of British characters?

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A track record of Bertie Wooster, Gregory House and Richard Roper suggests he could play The Doctor with just the right amount of menace and self-aggrandisement to keep viewers on edge.

James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt showed he could do darker drama in 2014's The Missing.
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James Nesbitt showed he could do darker drama in 2014's The Missing.

Perhaps its time for more of a playboy Timelord? Then the 52-year-old Irishman could be just what the Doctor ordered.

Like O'Dowd, he has an easy charisma, but he's also demonstrated an ability to tackle tougher subjects in shows like The Missing and Monroe.

Olivia Colman

She's still working with David Tennant on Broadchurch, but could Olivia Colman also follow in his footsteps on Doctor Who?
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She's still working with David Tennant on Broadchurch, but could Olivia Colman also follow in his footsteps on Doctor Who?

One of the most respected actresses in Britain, the 43-year-old has impressed with her ability to play both comedy (Peep Show) and high drama (Broadchurch, The Night Manager).

Plus, like Capaldi, she's already appeared in a Doctor Who episode – 2010's The Eleventh Hour.

Richard Ayoade

He knows gadgets. He knows travel. Surely Richard Ayoade has the perfect Doctor Who CV.
Dave King

He knows gadgets. He knows travel. Surely Richard Ayoade has the perfect Doctor Who CV.

Anyone who has watched the ace Travel Man and Gadget Man series, knows that the 39-year-old has just the right combination of eccentricity and eloquence to play the all-knowing Gallifreyan.

Throw in a nice line in snark and some wild hair and you could have the successor to Tom Baker's Doctor many fans have waited almost 35 years for.

 - Stuff

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