Imagine a version of Doctor Who that’s cast entirely of YouTubers.
Well, imagine no more because we’re about to make it a reality… sort of. While we here at TenEighty HQ might not have the equipment available to make our own series, we do have something: an obsession with YouTube and Doctor Who that gives us the special ability to envision YouTubers as some of the show’s best characters. We don’t want to brag, but we’ve gotten pretty good at it.
To celebrate the show’s tenth series, we thought it would be fun to share our picks with you all. From old faces to new favourites, this list has everything a fan of YouTube and Doctor Who needs. Best grab your sonic screwdriver and settle in! (Some spoilers ahead, obvs)
Tenth Doctor – Liam Dryden
Is there a more obvious choice for David Tennant’s Doctor than the one and only Liam Dryden?!
One of the most popular Doctors in the show’s history, the Tenth Doctor is a dead ringer for Liam – and it’s not just because they look alike. Outgoing and witty, the Doctor is known for being both caring and hardworking, as well as a bit quirky. These are traits that Liam shares, evident from his work with Summer in the City and his passion for the YouTube community and those within it. And he can’t deny that he wouldn’t jump at the chance to travel around in the TARDIS if one were to come up. Allons-y!
Martha Jones – Gracie Francesca Victory
When you think of someone who could possibly portray Martha Jones, does anyone other than Gracie Francesca Victory come to mind? Not for us!
Martha Jones was one of the Tenth Doctor’s companions and one of our favourites to boot. Strong and confident, with a drive to succeed, Martha was one of the Doctor’s most level-headed companions. She knows what she wants and will do what it takes to ensure the job gets done, similar to Gracie. Gracie has worked hard to make a name for herself, a trait that’s resulted in not only documentaries with the BBC, but also a book release and an ever-growing YouTube channel.
Not only this, Gracie also has a big heart, similar to Martha. When her family and friends are in need, she’s right there, ready to offer them support. She’s the Martha Jones we want to see hit the small screen.
Donna Noble – Louise Pentland
Sassy, opinionated, and loud, but with a heart the size of a star, Donna Noble is the companion everyone wished they could hang around, and you know who else everyone wants to be friend with? Louise Pentland.
What we loved most about Donna’s character was that she was never afraid to tell the Doctor how she really felt. This often left us cheering her on, especially when she did so in a way that made us laugh (and cry) along the way. Louise is similar in that she’s not afraid to tell it like it is and when we need it, also isn’t afraid to embarrass herself for the sake of comedy (e.g. her #LPStoryTime video series). Her personality is just as strong as Donna’s, and we’re hard pressed to find anyone else who would be a more perfect fit.
The Valeyard – Benjamin Cook
The Valeyard is an old-school Doctor Who character, one who made various appearances in the original run of the show. And while his dark demeanour might not be too similar to Benjamin Cook‘s (depending on who you ask), one thing is: our need to have him appear in the show’s reboot!
Ben’s been off of YouTube for a long while now and while it kills us to say it, we miss his darling face gracing our screens every week. We can only hope that he’s been gone so long because he’s off making Becoming YouTube 2, but knowing Ben that’s probably not the case…
Ninth Doctor – Jack Howard
Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor was our first Doctor in the Doctor Who reboot, and he is the one Doctor who we still feel the most attached to. While fun and joyous on the outside, with a willingness to sacrifice himself for those in danger, on the inside he’s struggling with the guilt of being the lone survivor of the Last Great Time War, and the actions he took during it. And while Jack Howard might not share this guilt (unless one day he does end up sacrificing all his YT pals to save the universe), he does share the Doctor’s cheeky grin and sense of fun.
Along with this joyous demeanour, which has resulted in not only a Fullscreen show with two series but also a short film and numerous comedy sketches, he also has a companion that brings out the best in him, Dean Dobbs. Dean is Jack’s Rose Tyler and we have to say the two make a pretty good team, just like Rose and the Doctor.
Rose Tyler – Emma Blackery
When we think of who could possibly play Rose Tyler, though, there’s no one better who comes to mind than Emma Blackery (soz Dean).
Before meeting the Doctor, Rose worked a job in customer service, just as Emma was a waitress before coming upon YouTube. Just as Rose hated her job, so did Emma, and she decided to take control of her life, quit her job and tackle the world of YouTube full-time. Since then, YouTube has allowed Emma to find her purpose, through both music and comedy, very similar to how travelling around with the Doctor allowed Rose to find hers.
Also similar is how fiercely protective both Emma and Rose are of those they love. Trust us, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of Emma Blackery, lest you want to be called out for all of YouTube to see.
The Master – Chris Kendall
A master of disguise and impressions, Chris Kendall could unquestionably act his way all the way to being Prime Minister. Also, we’re pretty sure we’ve heard Chris say he could hear the drums before… wait, did he, or are we just hearing things? Maybe we shouldn’t have looked into the Untempered Schism… oh well.
As well as them both possessing a wicked sense of humour, we simply cannot forget the time when Chris fooled us by pretending to be Alfie Deyes‘s number one fan, Becca Hodgekins; further proof that he can pull off any subterfuge to further his schemes, just like the Master. Don’t lie, you can’t think of anyone better.
K9 – Nala
There’s no other dog we’d pick to play K9 than Nala, the doggy baby of Alfie Deyes and Zoe Sugg. With a popularity and cuteness that could easily match K9’s, Nala is the perfect pup to play the recurring robotic character.
Captain Jack Harkness – Hannah Witton
Open with his sexuality, charming, and quite the cunning guy, Captain Jack Harkness is without a doubt one of the most entertaining characters to have graced the Doctor Who universe. You know who else is charming and open about all things sex? Hannah Witton!
A Time Agent who’s spent the majority of his life travelling from time period to time period, Jack has led a life not many can relate to. However, he doesn’t let this stop him from having a sense of humour. It’s this humour that always kept Jack’s appearances interesting and something to look forward to, just like why we keep coming back to Hannah’s channel week after week. Her upbeat personality, along with her dedication to all things Sex Ed, has made her channel a go-to for many, and we never exactly know what we’re going to get!
Eleventh Doctor – Sam Saffold-Geri
With an affinity for bow ties and charisma to last for days, there’s no one else we’d rather have portray Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor than our own Sam Saffold-Geri.
With his quirky and charming personality, Sam would be able to steal the heart of Doctor Who fans just as fast as Smith was able to steal ours. Smith’s Doctor is friendly and childlike in his wonder at what the universe can throw up, while also hard working and dedicated to his friends, just like Sam, which is why we feel he’d be the perfect choice.
Amy Pond – Hazel Hayes
A sassy, fun, and passionate character, Amy Pond is almost the spitting image, personality-wise, of Hazel Hayes. Just as Amy has a passion for every endeavour she attempts, so too does Hazel, especially when it comes to filmmaking, where she puts her heart and soul into everything from writing to directing. She also isn’t afraid to bring the funny and sass, even if it does at times go a bit too far, just as Amy does.
Amy had a lot happen to her during her stint with the Doctor, from almost being turned into a Weeping Angel to having her newborn baby stolen away from her, but nevertheless she persisted, and continued to rise to every challenge with her personality and confidence (and more than a little hint of badassery). Similarly, Hazel has the same approach after a long and varied YT career and continues to rise, without fear of judgement.
Clara Oswald – Carrie Hope Fletcher
One of the most caring and optimistic companions, who better to portray Clara Oswald than Carrie Hope Fletcher?
With a habit of looking after her fans, and with her title as the internet’s honorary big sister, there’s no doubt that Carrie would take to the TARDIS like an actress to the stage and run with the Doctor into all sorts of trouble while also being there for him when he needs her, even if he regenerates! Plus we’re pretty sure Carrie could play evil Zygon-Clara with ease, with her connection to a certain Addams Family allowing her to reach that darker place.
Need we mention the fact that Pearl Mackie was in the West End before being hired for Doctor Who?
Daleks – YouTube sub box
Just as the Daleks are the Doctor’s mortal enemies, the one enemy for any YouTuber is the dreaded sub box. Will my viewers be notified when I upload a new video or will it forever be lost to the void? – the thought every YouTuber has when uploading new content.
We told you a Doctor Who universe filled with YouTubers would be a glorious thing.
What do you think of our picks, and do you agree with our pairings? Are there any characters you feel we should have included? Be sure to shoot us a tweet and let us know!
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