Ben Kingsley is the next big name being touted to guest in the new Dr Who. The rumour being that he’ll play Dalek creator Davros.
Normally i dismiss these rumours until they’re actually confirmed, but given the recent crop of big-names (Derek Jacobi, John Simms, Kylie Minogue) that have actually made an appearance its not totally unlikely. Also one of the dodgy London evening papers ran the story and quoted his agent as saying they were in advanced negotations for the role, so I’m willing to give this rumour more credence than most.
Personally i think that as long as they go for Genesis of the Daleks Davros rather than the pantomime bad-guy Davros he became (which would seem likely with Kingsley in the role) then it would be frikkin awesome.
That said, i’d rather have the Brigadier back. He was the stereotypical resourceful, unflappable British Army Officer shown to perfection:
Not sure who i’d cast as him though.