“Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine Little Soldier Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight Little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven. Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six. Six Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five Little Soldier Boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One. One Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.”
1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
I’m not happy to see Peter Capaldi leave Doctor Who for very many reasons, he is wonderful in the role. But there are at least two good reasons to celebrate him leaving. Number one, and most importantly, he is a brilliant actor and I look forward to seeing what he chooses to do next. Secondly, I think now is the time to have the Doctor regenerate into someone who doesn’t so obviously appear to be a male Anglo-Saxon from the island of Great Britain.
Off the top of my head, I would love for Chris Chibnall to put all of these names on his list of people to match up against his vision of what he wants Doctor Who to try and do during his tenure:
Paterson Joseph, Olivia Colman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Alexander Siddig, Michael Smiley, Amara Karan, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade and Hayley Atwell.
Or, you know, he could have Peter Capaldi come back…