Merlin’s Colin Morgan chosen as new Doctor Who star… by fans

The Merlin actor beats Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Whishaw and Stephen Mangan to the top spot in our Doctor Who poll

Merlin’s Colin Morgan should swap his wizard’s staff for a sonic screwdriver, say readers.


According to our poll, which asked you who you’d like to see fill Matt Smith’s boots when he leaves Doctor Who later this year, Colin Morgan is the favourite to play the next Time Lord. 

The 27-year-old actor, who played downtrodden sorcerer Merlin in the recently cancelled BBC1 Saturday night series, has climbed to the top of our poll, easily beating off the competition with an impressive 23.4% of the vote.

Your next actor of choice was Sherlock star Benedict Cumerbatch, who 16.19% of you wanted to see pilot the Tardis, while The Avengers’ Tom Hiddleston came in third with 9.56% of the votes.

Skyfall’s Ben Whishaw and Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint were your next favourites, with Being Human’s Damien Molony, Stephen Mangan – who recently nominated himself via a suggestive Twitter picture – and Luther’s Idris Elba following hot on their heels.

Of the women we suggested, comedy actress Miranda Hart was your favourite. But she still only secured 1.95% of the votes suggesting readers definintely see their next Time Lord being a man…

Your top ten


Colin Morgan 23.4%
Benedict Cumberbatch 16.19%
Tom Hiddleston 9.56%
Ben Whishaw 9.54%
Rupert Grint 9%
Damien Molony 3.71%
Stephen Mangan 3.37%
Idris Elba 2.83%
Chiwetel Ejiofor 2.09%
Russell Tovey 2.07%