This week’s just full of bad news. John Hurt’s passing, Ben Affleck stepping down as director from Batman, and now Peter Capaldi has announced his departure from Doctor Who. And that sucks. It would have been really interesting to see how he would be handled under a different showrunner.
But wait! No time to grieve just yet, at least not for the internet. For those watching BBC’S Newsnight today, they were treated to a rather intriguing second or two of television, particularly given its context. During a montage of actors portraying the Doctor over the years, they teased the back of a certain someone at the end, though their numbering system is a bit wonky. I mean, what was the point in numbering the non-canon Doctors in at 6? You’ll understand what I mean after watching the video below, provided by Alexander Sigsworth.
Why was Richard Hurndall counted as the 6th Doctor (even though he was portraying the late William Hartnell as the 1st)? Why put those random non-canon actors who played the Doctor in the comedy skit The Curse of Fatal Death? BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WHO IS THAT ACTOR AT THE END UNDER THE TIMULTUOUS SKY AND WHY DID THEY NUMBER HIM 15? Sorry, the questions are just stockpiling in my head, and are about to burst from me. Well, I’ve found a higher quality image, courtesy of Redditor MattGBrad. Take a look
That number 15 is reeeally bothering me. Okay, moving on. It’s a beautifully cinematic setting. But did Newsnight film this specifically to tease the back of our next favorite Time Lord? Well, Google is great. Especially because you can search by image. And that’s just what I did.
The visual in question appears to be taken directly from a scene in Episode 9 of the FOX drama Lucifer, A Priest Walked into a Bar. So what does this mean? Did the BBC simply reuse this scene in their advertising? Or is there more to this story than meets the eye? The actor in question is Tom Ellis, Age 38, best known for his work on EastEnders as Dr. Oliver Cousins, but also played a character in the season 3 finale of Doctor Who as a character named Thomas Milligan.
What does this mean? I doubt BBC has the rights to use whichever clips they wish to use from a FOX owned tv program (I could be wrong, let me know), so they probably got permission to use it for a reason. Could Tom Ellis be our 13th Doctor? Or is this just a crafty way for the BBC to throw us off their scent? An article written by WalesOnline, just days prior to Peter Capaldi’s announcement, said about Tom Ellis, “he’s a very charismatic actor and at times you wonder if he’s subtly auditioning for a role as the next Doctor in Doctor Who.”
We’ll be dissecting more potential actors/actresses who could take over as the 13th Doctor tomorrow on our YouTube channel, so do subscribe and stay tuned!
For more, check out the clip that the BBC reused in their marketing: