Well, today I address all Doctor Who fans. Rumour has it, Hugh Grant could be the next Tim Lord, replacing Jodie Whittaker.
Jodie Whittaker has been playing the role of the Doctor since 2017 when she took over from Peter Capaldi. After three seasons, Whittaker is set to say her goodbyes at the end of 2022.
According to The Mirror, the Doctor Who series could get a Marvel-style makeover with Hugh Grant as the lead actor. A TV insider said that Russell T Davies is returning for the show’s 60th anniversary and is keen on bringing Hugh to play the role of the Doctor.
The TV insider further added that Davies is keen on Hughes to take the role because, “He offers many attributes – great actor, British, award-winning, Hollywood A-lister and excellent at comedy. Conversations are in progress.”
The insider further explained, “the vision is that the show can be a Marvel-like product, building franchises around the Doctor and other key characters in his many lives.”
How would you like to see Hugh Grant in Doctor Who? 🤔👽
Well, with Russell T Davis’ return, it’s reported that the show will turn into a ‘Marvel-like’ universe with the Hollywood actor in talks to take up the role 🙌
Let’s discuss 👇 https://t.co/ywhoTvC3jG
— Metro Entertainment (@Metro_Ents) March 21, 2022
The rumors have sparked a debate on social media, with fans divided into two – ones who love the idea of Hugh as the next Doctor, and the ones who are not excited about the switch. However, it has not been confirmed yet, as these are just speculations.
Here are some of the many reactions on Twitter regarding the rumors:
Do I believe that Hugh Grant will be the next Doctor… no
If, however, he were to land the role, I would hope that means we can go full ‘Curse of the Fatal Death’ and Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent and Joanna Lumley all get legit shots at the role #DoctorWho
— Tim (@ThePoshGoblin) March 21, 2022
Some fans are not too ecstatic about the choice of the Doctor saying, he “doest strike me as someone who has watched a single episode of Doctor Who…”
Hugh Grant doesn’t strike me as someone who has ever watched a single episode of #DoctorWho. He’s the opposite of #PeterCapaldi. Capaldi understood and loved the Doctor decades before taking on the part. THAT is what the next Doctor needs to be.
— Laurel A Rockefeller (@laurelworlds) March 21, 2022
Jodie Whittaker was the first female Doctor in the show since 2017 and people loved the idea. Rumors about Hugh as the Doctor have led fans to believe that the era of a female character is coming to an end and may not return ever.
Hugh is great, but please let us not revert to yet another white male as The Doctor
— ᐯíðᗩᖇᖇ (ᐯIᗪᗩᖇ) (@BidgeSquidgy) March 21, 2022
The reactions to the rumors are mixed, as is to be expected as the BBC show is extremely popular worldwide. Many fans are happy with the thought of Hugh as the Doctor, while some are not ready to say goodbye to Whittaker.