'Game of Thrones' Season 2: A 'Doctor' in the house?

christopher-eccleston.jpgWe don't usually write about casting rumors before they pass through the semi-official filters of the showbiz trade papers and websites. But the latest whispers about Season 2 of "Game of Thrones" are too enticing not to pass along.

Former "Doctor Who" star Christopher Eccleston may be joining the cast, and the role he's been linked to most is that of Stannis Baratheon, the younger brother of King Robert Baratheon ( Mark Addy).

To reiterate, it's far from a done deal -- even the site that first floated Eccleston's name, Den of Geek, says the reports of him (as well as "The Pillars of the Earth's" Tony Curran) joining the show are just "unconfirmed rumors" at the moment. But still, the thought of Eccleston joining the show as Stannis (or another character, for that matter) is awfully fun to consider.

Eccleston would also be about the right age to play Balon Greyjoy, the father of Theon Greyjoy ( Alfie Allen) and a key player in "A Clash of Kings," the second book in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," on which the series is based.

So far the only confirmed new cast member for Season 2 is Natalie Dormer ("The Tudors"), who will play Margaery Tyrell.

Eccleston played the title character on "Doctor Who" when the series was revived in 2005. His credits also include a guest arc on the first season of "Heroes," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Elizabeth" and "28 Days Later."

What do you think of the rumors? Who else would you like to see cast in Season 2 of "Game of Thrones"?
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