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Neil Gaiman Wants Gillian Anderson Helen Mirren For 13th Doctor

first_imgStay on target Opinions about who should play the 13th Doctor are like assholes—everyone has one.But surely, as a renowned author, prolific tweeter, and writer of one of the all-time greatest Doctor Who episodes, Neil Gaiman is entitled to his two cents.During an appearance on BBC Radio 5 last week, the English wordsmith cast his vote for Peter Capaldi’s replacement: Sue Perkins.BBCThe actress, writer, and comedian—best known as half of The Great British Bake Off‘s punny presenting team—is not the most unlikely choice. She’s riding 50-to-1 odds from bookmaker Ladbrokes, alongside Tom Hardy (Taboo) and Mathew Baynton (You, Me, and the Apocalypse); British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brings up the rear at 250-to-1.Gaiman is clearly vying for a female Doctor: His shortlist also includes geek icon Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen).Fresh off The X-Files reboot and a three-year turn as Stella Gibson on The Fall, “bi-accented” Anderson can slip between an English and American accent as easily as the flick of a sonic screwdriver. Her next TV project is Gaiman’s own small-screen adaptation of his tome “American Gods,” set for release via Amazon Video later this year.“I don’t think there’s anything Gillian can’t do,” Gaiman said of the actor, adding that “if we have to go for an older Doctor it would be Helen Mirren,” aged 71.BudweiserBut, like Tilda Swinton—Ladbrokes’ odds-on favorite to become the next Time Lord—A-lister Mirren would have to take time out of a busy schedule (she’s currently filming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) and, more than likely, a pay cut, to step into the titular role. So don’t get your hopes up.Anderson and Perkins, meanwhile, are much more plausible picks to step into the TARDIS this Christmas, when Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is next scheduled to regenerate.The last for its star and showrunner, Doctor Who‘s 10th season hits the BBC and BBC America on April 15. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more