Are changes coming for the thirteenth Doctor? Hopefully, according to Game of Thrones star and Doctor Who guest star, Maisie Williams. Earlier today, Maisie Williams told the Evening Standard that she believes Whovians are ready for a woman Doctor or a person of color Doctor.
Who is Maisie’s first vote? Idris Elba. Her second vote? Herself.
I am not sure how I feel about Elba as the thirteenth Doctor — only because I haven’t had enough time to process it. He has always seemed to me as more of an action guy. From Heimdall in Thor and Janek in Prometheus, he has got the drama part down pat. I remember him from The Office as being a little weird and only marginally funny. There is also the problem with the rumor of him being cast as Roland Deschain in the Stephen King movie, The Dark Tower. If Elba gets the part and the movie takes off, then there are eight total movies that could be adapted to the screen from King’s The Dark Tower series.
I have always been someone who was kind of against the idea of a woman Doctor, but I like the idea of Maisie Williams being the Doctor. She was excellent in her guest role, and we’ve already learned that the writers can explain away previous guest appearances (remember Amy as the Soothsayer, Martha’s “cousin”, and OH YEAH, the twelfth Doctor as a Roman?)
Plus, we already have several crossovers from Game of Thrones to Doctor Who (episodes listed) including Harry Lloyd and Thomas Brodie-Sangster from “The Family of Blood” episode, David Bradley in “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, Iain Glen in “The Time of Angels”, and the big one — Mark Gatiss who is one of the show’s writers and was also in the episode “The Lazarus Experiment.” There are several more who have appeared in Doctor Who, so Williams would be joining a nice long list of wonderful guest stars.
The downside as of right now is Williams’ commitment to Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones has become incredibly popular over the last five years, and Williams’ character — Arya Stark — has become a fan favorite. Being a fan favorite on Game of Thrones doesn’t necessarily keep you alive, however. Depending on the fate of Arya, Williams could be available for filming as the Doctor as soon as this summer. Not that I would wish her character any harm — I particularly like her in the books, and I think Williams does Arya quite a bit of justice, but sometimes I find the television version lacking. Perhaps if she had more screen time I would be willing to keep Arya and find someone else to be the first female Doctor. I’m kind of partial to Hayley Atwell, but she has her obligations as well.