Casting next Doctor should make you sit bolt upright – surprise you, catch you off guard, but still make you go ‘ooh, that’s an inspired choice’. When casting the Doctor, a ‘safe choice’ isn’t a good thing. Indeed, a safe choice is tantamount to a boring one – there should always be something exciting and compelling about the new Doctor.
I wrote a little bit about the possibility – it’s not a certainty yet – that Kris Marshall might be the next Doctor. To be honest, I’m not hugely fussed by the idea. I watched an episode of Death in Paradise today, just to check him out. He was alright. I stand by my judgement of him as broadly competent, but largely uncompelling.
(Thankfully – well, for us, maybe not for poor Kris – we now know Jodie Whittaker was cast. But, you know, golly. For some time I was worried I might end up having to write an apology article if Kris was cast and ended up being decent in the role.)