With Jodie Whittaker’s time as The Doctor coming to an end, it’s time to find a new Time Lord, and one of our favorite names that has been thrown out is The Haunting of Bly Manor star T’Nia Miller!
The out actress' name is being thrown in the ring, not just because she’s an incredible actor with humongous range and presence, but also because she’s worked with upcoming Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies before, having previously starred in his 2019 BBC/HBO drama series Years and Years.
When Digital Spy asked Miller if she had heard about her name being mentioned as a possible new Doctor, she said she was honored. “I mean, I’ve got to tell you, come on, it’s a nice ego boost, isn’t it? It’s a lovely compliment, it really is,” she said. “I’ve got to give them a call. I keep saying this, and I haven’t done it yet, I’ve got to call Russell, because I know he’s back on it, and he is phenomenal.”
Please make that phone call!
She said even if she doesn’t get picked, she’s sure that the Doctor is safe in Davies’ hands. “I’m sure whoever they choose will be perfect,” she said. “And Russell’s very clever, you know? It’ll be someone unexpected. Because he’s very clever.”
Other queer names that have been speculated upon, largely because Davies is returning as showrunner, include It’s a Sin stars Olly Alexander and Omari Douglas. While Alexander was the frontrunner for a while, he denied he was interested in the role, saying “I can categorically tell you that I am not the next Doctor.” Once his name was taken out of the race, his co-star Douglas became a new frontrunner.
Whitaker, who plays the current Doctor, has thrown her support behind another It’s a Sin star, Lydia West.
On BBC Radio 1, Whitaker said, “I’m going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West – if I had the power!”
While there haven’t been any out actors to play the Doctor, Jodie Whittaker’s take is introducing some new queerness to the character. While her relationship with her companion, Yaz, had been teased as romantic for years, they were recently confirmed to have feelings for each other.
Hopefully, that queerness will continue on with whoever is cast next. With Davies at the helm, we can be pretty sure it will.