Arya Stark, youngest daughter of the ill-fated Ned Stark, could never be accused of being afraid to speak up. And so it is with Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in Game of Thrones: she’s calling for a woman or person of colour to play the next Doctor Who.
Williams certainly isn’t the first to call for the casting of white males as the Doctor to stop. But after her well-received guest stint on the show last year, Williams has a specific person in mind: “I think a black Doctor would be incredible. I’m all for Idris Elba.”
And if Elba isn’t available or willing? “… I’ll take it for the team and do it!” said Williams.
Because Elba is a popular, charismatic actor, he’s constantly being linked to high-profile roles. He was in the running for James Bond, while a vocal number of Whovians also called for him to be cast as Doctor Who.
But the truth is that Elba’s probably too busy with his movie commitments to take on a role that takes up nine or 10 months of the year (Matt Smith cited the time commitment as the main reason for his leaving the show).
For now, he’ll be appearing next as the villain in Star Trek Beyond, while Peter Capaldi is still safely ensconced as the Doctor.