As “Doctor Who” fans wait with bated breath to see if Peter Capaldi’s replacement will be a woman, a person of color, or another middle aged white guy, one former showrunner has confirmed that at least one person already knows who will be the next Doctor.
Russell T. Davies worked on the long-running BBC series from 2005-2010, and remains in touch with the people who will now decide the fate of the character. In an interview at the British LGBT Awards, Davies expertly dodged any questions about the race or gender of the replacement, saying only, “I do know who it is.”
Davies produced and wrote the “Doctor Who” spinoffs “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” He is also the creator of “Queer As Folk,” the wildly popular series about three gay men navigating Manchester’s club scene. The show went on to have a successful American spinoff, and the original launched the careers of Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) and Charlie Hunnam (“The Lost City of Z”).
“Doctor Who” originally aired in 1963 on BBC One, where it ran for 26 years. After a few television movies, the series returned in 2005 with Davies at the helm and starring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth doctor, followed by David Tennant, Matt Smith and now Capaldi. Fans are clamoring for the next doctor to be a woman, a person of color, or better yet — a woman of color, such as the rumored “Chewing Gum” star Michaela Coel. With Davies letting slip that casting is finalized, it’s only a matter of time before the official word comes down.
Watch him skirt the questions at the 4-minute mark:
“Doctor Who” currently airs new episodes on Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America.