For Your Consideration as Doctor Who: Sophie Okonedo

Female scientists are lobbying for a female Doctor Who, and many people say it’s time for a black Timelord. What about a black female Doctor Who? Folks, I offer you Sophie Okonedo. She reflects multi-cultural Britain in a way that most actors cannot; she’s of Nigerian and Jewish heritage, and she’s London born-and-raised. Her acting talent is beyond question; she’s RADA-trained, she was Oscar-nominated for her role as Don Cheadle‘s wife in Hotel Rwanda, and the sleeper success of The Secret Life of Bees means she’s a hot commodity right now. She can play cheeky, she can play dark, she can play badass, and she can play eccentric. And she already has Doctor Who credentials: Okonedo voiced Alison Cheney in the Doctor Who animated series, Scream of the Shalka. The lady rocks, and she would make a crackin’ Timelord. Your thoughts?

In other news:

  • Robert Carlyle is lobbying for a Robert Carlyle Doctor Who.(Stv)
  • Russell T. Davies is developing a TV drama titled The Fabulous Baker Boys, which, oddly, isn’t a remake of the Michelle Pfeiffer ’80s classic.(Digital Spy)
  • Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto) reveals a bit about the next season of Torchwood.(Coventry Telegraph)
  • How David Tennant was upstaged by a skull during his performance as Hamlet.(Guardian)
  • Boy George‘s lawyer employs the fat-ass defense for his client: “With the greatest of respect to George O’Dowd, he is not someone you could describe as terribly fit. He has put on a few pounds since the 1980s. He is not going to be a match for Audun Carlsen.” (Daily Mail)
  • Amy Winehouse‘s husband has been sent back to the slammer for failing a drug test.(The Independent)
  • Gary Barlow of Take That slams Britney: “I don’t see the point of Britney anymore, she was rubbish on [X Factor]. I think she’s more famous than she deserves to be now.”(Mirror)
  • Was Leona Lewis‘ “Bleeding Love” the song of 2008?(EW)
  • Girls Aloud will open for Coldplay at their big Wembley gig next September.(BBC)
  • Paul O’Grady, the British TV presenter who appears on this weekend’s Graham Norton, was bitten by a “4 ft. adder” that came out of some wood he was loading to his fireplace. “Paul thought his time was up. He thought it might be a foreign poisonous snake at first and was absolutely terrified.”(Daily Record)
  • What’s up with all the mainstream stars hitting British soaps?(Guardian)
  • The lengths John Cleese must go to in order to kiss his much-shorter, much-younger girlfriend.(Daily Mail)
Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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