13. Chiwetel Ejiofor -->-->
You probably know Chiwetel Ejiofor as the actor who singlehandedly upstaged the entire Firefly cast with his charismatic turn as the remorseless, yet congenial Operative in Joss Whedons Serenity. He was first mentioned as a potential Doctor after David Tennant announced his departure in 2009, and his name has come up repeatedly since (rumor has it his odds are currently 7 to 1). A sublimely gifted character actor who has received accolades for playing seductive villains and quirky supporting characters on stage, in film, and in television, Ejiofor brings a distinctive, yet recognizable emotional depth and intellectual complexity to every character he plays, standing out even in otherwise mundane roles.WHY HIM: His deep, soulful eyes give him the perfect face to carry the weight of the Doctors ever-more-burdensome past, and his ability to run hot and cold - to be stern and authoritative one moment and compassionate and vulnerable the next make him an ideal choice to capture the Doctors inner and sometimes outer - conflicts and contradictions. Possessing a cosmopolitan confidence, youd never doubt that he knew his way around time and space. And, finally, though I see no need for a token black Doctor, casting him might silence some of those pesky, hypersensitive academics and their ludicrous accusations.
SEE HIM IN: The aforementioned Serenity. Though the Operative is the films primary antagonist, Ejiofor never plays him as fearsome or threatening, instead imbuing the character with a remarkable balance of smooth charm, quiet authority and tragic self-awareness. Though not at all a Doctor-y character, his moments of detached, almost alien, amusement at human behavior, his near-tenderness with his victims as he carries out assassinations, and his wistful description of saving a world in which he has no place give some indication of what characteristics he might bring to the Twelfth Doctor given the chance.