When we first learned that Peter Capaldi would be leaving Doctor Who following this year’s Christmas special, one of the names floated for a replacement was Olivia Coleman, who for one brief moment in early February was the favorite, both of bookies, and of Bleeding Cool Rumormonger-in-Chief Rich Johnston. And, for that matter, of her Broadchurch co-star and former Doctor, David Tennant, who said at the time:
Olivia would clearly be a magnificent choice. If you have the right people telling the right stories then it’s absolutely a possibility.
With the possibility of a regeneration (or several) on next week’s episode of Doctor Who, what does Tennant have to say about it now? Presumably for reasons that could only be described as like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff, Tennant, now the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney’s Ducktales reboot, has done an about-face, telling Entertainment Weekly:
I really don’t think that’s a serious option. Olivia is busier than any other actor on Earth. I don’t think she’d be able to suddenly take four years to go to Cardiff. I don’t think her schedule would really allow it whether she wanted it or not.
What?! But he just said it was an absolute possibility, if the right people are telling the right stories!
Does that mean that the right people are not telling the right stories? A dig at Broadchurch creator and incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall? If we’re obsessively looking for logical consistency in our clickbait entertainment journalism — and we are, believe us — then this is the only possible conclusion we can come to.
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