By the end of 2017, the Time Lord from the Planet Gallifrey, a man known only as “the Doctor,” will die, but as he does, his alien biology will cause his entire body to renew itself, resulting in a new person. And maybe, just maybe, that new person will be the same as a the man who once trained a Vampire Slayer. If Giles from Buffy became the next lead of Doctor Who, fans would probably love it.
Actor Anthony Head — famous for playing Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — told Good Morning Britain that he would be open to playing the heroic Time Lord on Doctor Who. “Would anyone say no?” he said on Thursday. After Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving the role, fan speculation about the next Doctor Who lead has gone insane. And while popular sentiment seems to indicate fans are ready for a female version the Doctor, if the character was indeed another man, fans of science fiction and fantasy would probably be okay with Head taking over the role.
Because incoming Chris Chibnall has publicly said that the role won’t be cast with a “gimmick” in mind, fans hoping for a non-white male actor might be disappointed. Could the former Buffy actor be a consolation? For the record, Anthony Head doesn’t seem to be on the bookmakers radar in terms of actually probability for being cast in the role. As of Thursday morning, betting site Ladbrokes has young male actor Kris Marshall leading the pack of likely new Doctors.
So, while it doesn’t seem likely the Doctor will regenerate into a former vampire expert in the form of Anthony Head, fans of both Buffy and Doctor Who can hold out hope that it’s not impossible.
Doctor Who returns for Season 10, Capaldi’s final run, on April 15, 2017.