Doctor Who Next?

UEA grad Matt Smith is leaving the TARDIS for the last time…

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There are few students in Norwich who do not know that the current Dr Who, Matt Smith, is a UEA Drama graduate; not only did the university make it part of their national publicity campaign this year, but it is a frequently reached for boast when discussing uni with friends from home.

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However, after replacing David Tennant in 2010, the eleventh and youngest Time Lord will be leaving the show at the end of the year. The current Dr Who’s run is not quite over yet though- he said “Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.”

For anyone worried that UEA might need a new poster boy, Matt Smith does not seem to be keen to leave the limelight anytime soon; fans need only to wait till next year to see the 2005 graduate in Ryan Gosling’s How to Catch A Monster. For those more interested in Dr Who, the attention now turns to who will fill Smith’s shoes, becoming the twelfth incarnation of the Time Lord. There is much speculation that the next Doctor could be a black actor, or an actress, either being the first move away from the traditional white male portrayal of the character. Not to be left out of the excitement, here are The Tab at UEA’s top five picks for the next Dr Who:

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1. Helen Mirren: Winner of an Oscar for her role as the Queen, the actress once stated she would love to play the role for a year.

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2. Russell Tovey: Any Being Human fanatics would surely love to see the former George Sands sink his claws into this job.

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3. Rupert Grint: Famous for the portrayal of Ron Weasley- need we say more?

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4. Zawe Ashton: A student favourite for playing Vod in Fresh Meat, this young actress could bring a large following of her own to the already popular show.

5. Chiwetel Ejiofor: An actor who has played a wide range of roles, most recognisable to many as Peter in Love Actually, Ejiofor could be the first non-white Doctor in the history of the programme.