Jenna-Louise Coleman is not exactly happy with the idea of Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who. The actress who marks the Eleventh Doctor’s third companion told the BBC that “I don’t even want to pick up that script just yet!”
Coleman isn’t sure who the next Doctor will be, but that might be because the next Doctor hasn’t been chosen yet.
Coleman sat down with the BBC (video here) after meeting Queen Elizabeth at the official opening of the BBC’s Broadcasting House. Coleman has stated that it was “such an honour” to meet the Queen, but all anyone wanted to know is who will be the next Doctor.
Coleman said “Everybody else in the building has asked me who the next Doctor is, and I can tell you honestly we don’t know. It’s going to be a long, long search. But yes, I’m being asked that question a lot.” At this point, all she knows is that Smith’s final story will be filmed this autumn and will be the 2013 Christmas special.
The Christmas specials are a hold over from the days of the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. During his tenure, they did several episodes themed to or coinciding with Christmas. Some had only a tenuous connection to Christmas while others had more of a connection to it.
Coleman said that she has no real preferences regarding who should be cast for the next Doctor saying “I am completely open, and I have lots of confidence in [head writer] Steven [Moffat] and all the team. And I’m sure they’re very much across it. But we shall see. I just can’t think about it yet. I think because we’ve [Matt and I] got so much left to [do]. We haven’t even begun our goodbye yet. So, I suppose that’s all I can think about at the moment.”
A lot of speculation has been going on since the news that Smith would be leaving ths how broke. Names bandied about run from the absurd to the likely and cross gender, age and race. Not mentioned have been a few interesting ideas like Georgia Moffat who played Jenny in an episode of Doctor Who, and Alexander Sidig, best known as Doctor Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
At the moment, the BBC will only say that the search is on for the next actor to play the rogue Time Lord.