After Peter Capaldi announced he would leave the role of the Doctor after the next series, he triggered the usual cycle of fans screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" (especially those who initially screamed NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! that Matt Smith was leaving and irreplaceable), followed by lots of bogus articles online about who would/could/should play the Doctor's next incarnation. The speculation is rampant and usually unfounded, with everything from "this person is British and probably not contractually obligated to something else" to "this person once said they'd LIKE to play the Doctor". And then there are the fans who want to impose their will on the producers by circulating petitions. Here's one that's especially silly:
If it had somehow reached 1000 or whatever it takes for a petition to apply actual pressure (which I don't think it ever would), I would refuse the call. There are several reasons for this:
1. I am not an actor. I don't really have the talent for much more than mugging the camera even if I were telegenic, which I am not. Now if the job were writing for Doctor Who, I might have an idea or two.
2. I an not British, or even a native English speaker. I doubt we can get away with "other planets have a French Canada".
3. I really really do believe the next Doctor has to be a woman. I really do.
So thanks, but no thanks. And since this was never serious, F you too.