There has been speculation about who will replace the first female Time Lord since January 2020, when rumours began that she would be leaving the role after completing the 13th season.
The last series of Doctor Who called Flux – which wrapped earlier this month – was Whittaker’s final outing as the Doctor. Three specials will now be broadcast in 2022, the first of which airs on New Year’s Day.
Previous Doctors David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi also all left the show after three series.
The show’s new star will be joining Doctor Who at an exciting time, with former showrunner Russell T Davies rejoining the series as head writer in 2023 for the show’s 60th anniversary.
However, Davies has said in a new interview with The Guardian that they are yet to cast the role of the Doctor and that they are “just starting auditions”.
Here’s a list of the actors who are tipped to replace Whittaker based on the latest betting odds from William Hill.
Omari Douglas – 6/4
Initially a surprise addition to this list, It’s A Sin star Douglas is now leading the pack to ride off into that Tardis. Roscoe Babatunde was his first TV role, but Douglas impressed both Davies and viewers with his performance and is now reported by The Sun to be the new showrunner’s top pick to take over as The Doctor. In the coming months, he’ll be starring opposite Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne in a new stage production of Cabaret in London’s West End.
Lydia West – 5/2
Another member of the It’s A Sin cast, West has also worked alongside Davies on Years and Years (the TV show, not the band). While West hasn’t had many other TV roles to date, she did make a brief appearance in Steven Moffat’s Dracula and is currently the bookies’ second favourite choice to replace Whittaker. Whittaker herself also said that she would like to see West play the role, adding that she would be “phenomenal”. Could another female Doctor be on the horizon? We’ll have to wait and see.
Michaela Coel –3/1
Coel is now a Bafta and Emmy winner for her work on I May Destroy You, but the actor is still in the running among the bookies to play the Doctor. The 34-year-old, who was recently cast in the new Black Panther film, has previously denied any involvement in the BBC series. In 2017, she tweeted: “Dr Who? Lol nah, I’m actually definitely not the next Dr Who. Also happy to collect the money you would have laid down in the betting shop.” However, she was less firm on the rumours in a recent interview, saying that she’d “never say never” to the role.
Michael Sheen – 3/1
The 52-year-old actor has previous when it comes to starring in sci-fi and fantasy, having appeared in Good Omens, Underworld and Tron: Legacy. The role would be convenient for him, too, as he lives in Wales, about half an hour from where the show is filmed. Added to this, Sheen has connections. He recently starred in Staged alongside Tennant, a former Time Lord.
Olly Alexander – 4/1
For a long time, Alexander was the frontrunner to play the Doctor. Like Douglas and West, he also starred in It’s A Sin (in which he actually appeared in a Doctor Who-based scene) and is a multi talented performer who sings live with Years and Years (the band, not the TV show) as well as acting. However, he’s since slipped down this list, after saying in a recent interview with British GQ that he was “never” going to take over from Whittaker. “I can categorically tell you that I am not the next Doctor,” he added. He has since backed Douglas for the role.
Lucy Lawless – 9/1
Xena: Warrior Princess star Lawless makes her way up this list after recently revealing that Doctor Who is the genre series she wants to join next. “You name it, I’d want to do it,” the New Zealand native told Newsweek. “You want [roles] with a bit of humour. It just helps get through the day. Comedy is always a lovely way of working.”
T’Nia Miller – 9/1
Also in the running to play the Doctor is British actor Miller, who is best known for her performances in The Haunting of Bly Manor and Marcella. She has a connection to Davies, having worked with him on Banana, Cucumber and Years and Years. Interestingly, Miller has already been on Doctor Who, having made an appearance in the 2015 episode “Hell Bent”. Not that that’s stopped the show before – Peter Capaldi famously appeared on Doctor Who in another role before getting the call, as did companions Freema Agyeman and Karen Gillan.
Rose Matafeo – 14/1
New Zealand-born comedian Rose Matafeo is a recent addition to this list. The comic is a mainstay on UK panel shows, but is best known for writing and starring in her own BBC sitcom Starstruck earlier this year. She’s also a previous winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award.
Hannah John-Kamen – 14/1
Another new addition to the bookies’ favourites, could John-Kamen be the next Time Lord? She’s certainly appeared in her fair share of sci-fi and fantasy, including roles in Game of Thrones, Ready Player One, Ant-Man and the Wasp and the forthcoming Resident Evil reboot. There’s yet another Davies connection here too – she appeared in two episodes of Cucumber in 2015.
Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks airs Saturday 1 January 2022 at 7pm on BBC One.
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