Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker ‘to be replaced’ by Death in Paradise star amid exit rumours?
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Rumours have been circulating that Jodie Whittaker will be leaving Doctor Who after taking over from Peter Capaldi in 2018. The Thirteenth Doctor is currently filming her third series of the BBC sci-fi show and is yet to address speculation she is leaving. However that hasn’t stopped fans from trying to guess who could take over as the next Doctor.
After being rumoured to take over as the Doctor in 2017, Kris Marshall is once again the favourite to join the BBC series.
The actor, who is best known for his roles as Nick Harper in My Family and DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise, is now the frontrunner to replace Jodie.
Bookies have thrown their support behind the actor to be the next Time Lord with Ladbrokes cutting his odds of replacing Jodie to 6/1.
He is joint favourite with I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel, who also has odds of 6/1.
However, the bookies have also reported a flurry of bets this month on Michael Sheen, who is currently fourth-favourite in the betting at 12/1, with David Jonsson also proving a popular pick at 16/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “With Jodie Whittaker calling time on her Doctor Who stint, all eyes are now on who’ll be replacing her.
“While Kris Marshall heads the betting with Michaela Coel, fans and punters alike are seemingly convinced Michael Sheen is firmly in the running.”
The latest rumours come after former Time Lord Sylvester McCoy, who played the Seventh Doctor, admitted he wasn’t initially confident Jodie would do a good job.
However, he confessed he was wrong to even think such a thing as he told Radio Times: “I watched the opening [episode] – because one has to, you know – and I was initially kind of uncertain about it.
“It was stupid sexism, really, because after 10 minutes, she was the Doctor – it didn’t make any sense even to think that one could doubt it.”
Sylvester added he couldn’t even begin to guess who could take over from Jodie as the next Doctor “could be anyone”.
“No, it’s very difficult. Who could it be? It could be anybody,” he said.
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“There’ll be someone out there who’s absolutely wonderful for it. I mean, who would have thought it’d be Matt Smith when he came along?
“‘Matt Smith, who’s he? This 12-year-old? No!’ – and he turns out to be brilliant.”
Meanwhile, fans could see former companion Bill Potts (played by Pearl Mackie) make a return to the TARDIS after the actress refused to rule out a comeback.
Bill travelled the universe in 2017 alongside the 12th Doctor and four years on from her exit has teased she’d be open to returning.
She explained: “It was a couple of years ago I was on Doctor Who but I do still feel really close to Bill and I do feel like she’s still very much part of me.
“I feel like I’d sort of have to miss her before going back to her again, or if there was an amazing story that was written about her and her experiences and meeting another Doctor.
“But it’s such a great show and I would be crazy to say no.”
Doctor Who is available to catch up on BBC iPlayer.
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