Doctor Who star Colin Baker has shared his view on Olly Alexander being perceived as a frontrunner to become the 14th Doctor, saying that he believes it would be ‘too obvious’ for Russell T Davies to choose him.
In 2022, Jodie Whittaker will officially take her final bow as the 13th Doctor, before her version of the Time Lord regenerates and takes on a new human form.
Speculation is rife over who will take over the reins of the Tardis, with candidates including Michaela Coel, Richard Ayoade and Kris Marshall being discussed as possible replacements for Jodie.
During a recent conversation with Metro.co.uk, Colin, who played the Sixth Doctor from 1984 until 1986, expressed his excitement over Russell returning as the showrunner for Doctor Who, 12 years after leaving the BBC show.
When asked what he thinks about the prospect of Years and Years singer Olly being offered the lead role, Colin remarked that in his opinion, it ‘would be too obvious’.
‘I think that would be too obvious for him,’ Colin said of Russell, who worked with Olly on the acclaimed TV series It’s A Sin.Nonetheless, Colin added that it could be a possibility, considering David Tennant also worked with Russell before starring as the Doctor.
‘Mind you, he did cast David Tennant after working with him, so who knows? I don’t know [Olly’s] work to be honest, so I can’t comment,’ Colin said.
‘But if Russell thought he was the right person, then he’s the right person! I wouldn’t argue with Russell.’
While many fans are convinced Olly will be announced as the next Doctor, this summer his manager shut the rumours down, stressing once and for all that they were not true.
However, given the shock that’s reverberated around the world at Russell’s return, who knows what’s possible on Doctor Who in future?
Colin has a lot of faith in Russell’s vision for Doctor Who, with the screenwriter returning to the sci-fi classic in 2023, to coincide with its 60th anniversary.
For decades, the actor has continued to depict the Doctor in audio dramas, with two exciting adventures – The Lost Stories: Mind of the Hodiac and The Sixth Doctor Adventures with Ruth Madeley set to be released in March and May next year respectively.
In an incredible turn of events, Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: Mind of the Hodiac is based on a script written by Russell in the 1980s as a teenager, having grown up a huge fan of the series.
Colin emphasised how ‘grateful’ he feels to have been the Doctor at the time of which the original script was written by Russell, as he’s now able to bring it to life with his audio performance, alongside his former companion Bonnie Langford as Mel Bush.
Describing Russell as ‘the most charming man you could ever wish to meet’, Colin said: ‘Some producers, they’re not necessarily always gifted with the ability to be pleasant or to engage in any conversation with actors more than they really have to. Well Russell’s the opposite – he loves the whole business of creating drama, he’s very friendly and open and unashamedly a fan of the show.’
Colin explained that the Mind of the Hodiac ‘has all the trademarks of a Russell T Davies creative script’.
‘He’s brilliant at imagining a situation, an extraordinary situation, and then putting completely ordinary people into the middle of it and exploring how that extraordinary situation will affect those ordinary people and how the Tardis and the Doctor will affect those ordinary people,’ he said in admiration.
‘That’s something that has been kind of on the periphery of Doctor Who throughout its existence, but it’s never been as clearly shown as it is in Russell’s script. It’s all there, in the Hodiac.’
Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: The Mind of the Hodiac is set to be released in March 2022 and Doctor Who –The Sixth Doctor Adventures with Ruth Madeley is set to be released in May 2022 on the Big Finish website.