With the coveted role now up for grabs, fans of the series are feverishly awaiting an announcement regarding Capaldi’s replacement. The bookies, of course, have been quick to offer odds.
According to the bet-makers, Ben Whishaw – best known for playing Q in recent Bond films Spectre and Skyfall – is the favourite. The actor was rumoured to replace Matt Smith when he stepped down from the role but ended up having a highly successful Hollywood career.
Next up is Richard Ayoade, of IT Crowd fame. The comedian has just signed with Channel 4 to present the upcoming series of The Crystal Maze, so may be little too busy.
Rory Kinnear, who also starred in the recent Bond films as M’s Chief of Staff, Bill Tanner, comes in third, while Miranda Hart is fourth. If Hart were to take the role, she would be the first female Doctor in the series.
Another notable inclusion is Olivia Colman, who previously starred in Doctor Who as herself but – seeing as Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall is taking over as show runner from Steven Moffat – could very well return.
Speaking to Jo Whiley about his departure from the series, Capaldi said: “One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best.
“From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”
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