The twittersphere is in a tizzy of speculation as to who might be taking over as the Tenant of the Tardis, the Wielder of the Sonic Scredriver.
Along with the four mentioned in the OP, my candidates are Phoebe Waller Bridge, Bill Bailey or DJ Lance Rock from Yo! Gabba Gabba (with the other cast members as his companions).
Or to really the boat out, why not Bagpuss as Dr Who!
The very first “saggy, old cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams” to play the roll.
Anyway, amidst all the rumours, I was fascinated and excited to read that David Tenant and Catherine Tate are continuing to travel time and space together in Adventures of the 10th Doctor a series of audio dramas for UK company Big Finish Productions.
It must be like listening on the BBC Light Programme. Radio is quite wrongly seen as a poor relative in 2021. A medium which allows our imaginations to flourish so healthily deserves our greater respect.
The standard career arc for many shows is radio show to TV show to feature film to stadium extravaganza to theme park to breakfast cereal to Free toy with your Happy Meal.
But there are other routes. Modesty Blaise and Moomintroll both started as cartoon strips in newspapers. Modesty went on to become a rather camp Italian feature film. Moomin continues to be remade for children’s TV. And very well too. The magic and mystery have been retained. Moomin Mamma has not become a desperate housewife.
And good news for Moominfans. There’s a new biopic about the early life of Tove Janssen coming out this autumn. To their great credit, the Finns have changed enormously since I lived their in the 80s. Accepting that their favourite children’s writer was a lesbian was a great step forward for them.
Some comedians, mercifully, go back to radio after a stint on TV. That Mitchell and Webb Sound became That Mitchell and Webb Look and then reverted back to radio.
Starting as a TV show, Dr Who has gone on two feature films, a KLF single, and even a live stadium show. What a bummer I missed that: Daleks on Ice Skates must have been wonderful.
It’s time for you to share your favourite Bizarre Career Trajectories in Show Business. The ups, the downs, the years in limbo…
Count Dracula: From Bram Stoker novel to feature films to a ballet
Transformers: From Hasbro toys to cartoon films to TV shows to live action blockbusters
Dame Edna: From Moonee Ponds amateur dramatics to international superstar.
Let’s hear about your favourites.
And if you have a nomination for an actor to play Dr Who, we would like to hear it!