This time around (with the impending departure of current Doctor, Matt Smith) is no exception.
For the unfamiliar, Doctor Who has managed to enjoy 50 years of relevancy thanks to the character's ability to regenerate and take another form, rather than die like the rest of us. You see, he's an alien Time Lord, with two hearts, who travels in a time machine called a TARDIS, and . . . ok, ok-- I'll restrain my inner geek for now.
Anyway, what this little character trait allows the BBC to do is keep the series fresh with a new lead face every few years, and essentially allow the show to go on forever if desired.
So when Smith exits the role next Christmas, and Doctor Who regenerates, it's anybody's guess who will step into his shoes. And guessing is exactly what fans and writers the world over are doing right now, with several familiar names being touted as strong and long-shot candidates for the job.
Last week we told you about the recent accusations of racism against the Doctor Who franchise, to which the BBC countered by citing their "strong track record of diverse casting". Now, this week, there are names of a few actors-of-color floating around in speculative commentary on Smith's replacement (there are also some who have openly campaigned against the idea). Here are a few of the names being mentioned:
David Harewood: Hot off the heels of his stellar performance in Showtime's Homeland, Harewood's isn't really a name that I would expect to hear being considered for the role of The Doctor. However, The Hollywood Reporter cites bookie odds which have Harewood as a 4/1 favorite.
Chiwetel Ejiofor: The unofficial word is that he has a pretty good shot at getting the job. THR's bookie source only lists Ejiofor as a 7/1 favorite. I think he'd be a great fit, if he wanted the role. But as someone who's established himself as a consistent, reliable Hollywood player, I wouldn't imagine that he'd have the time to fit Who into his busy work schedule.
Idris Elba: When I saw his name mentioned, I laughed. Doctor Who is still somewhat of a family/children's show, so I seriously doubt that the same man known to most as Stringer Bell and DI John Luther would get a serious look from BBC heads for this role. Don't get me wrong-- I think he'd be great. I just don't see it happening.