According to Nerdist, no I’s have been dotted and no T’s have been crossed, but the BBC is apparently close to landing its 13th Doctor and, if the rumors are true, it is thankfully not Garbage Colin from Love Actually, who had apparently been the early favorite (although, maybe the Internet’s rejection of Kris Marshall helped to sink it). Earlier this week, we made several alternative suggestions, but the frontrunner is neither on that list nor likely on any else’s.
But according to “sources close to the production,” Michaela Coel is the frontrunner.
Coel is best known for her British series Chewing Gum. The second season of that show was recently added to Netflix, and Coel is very good in it. It’s a great, funny, unique, and original series that I just happen to dislike because it hits so close to home sometimes it makes me incredibly uncomfortable. But Coel is outstanding, and if she lands the gig, presumably she’s to be paired with Pearl Mackie, who plays the existing companion, Pearl, which would give Doctor Who two black female leads. That would be a great way to lead Doctor Who out of the Moffat-era with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall at the helm.
Again, this is still in the rumor stage, and almost too good to be true, so treat it as such until it is official.