Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker returns for season 12
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Doctor Who fans have been speculating about who could replace Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor in the BBC series. Many names have been thrown into the mix including the likes of Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure and It’s a Sin star, Olly Alexander. However, following Michaela Coel’s double victory at the BAFTAs, the actress could be next in line to play the Time Lord.
On Sunday, Michaela won a BAFTA for the best actress, after winning an award for writing and directing the BBC drama I May Destroy You.
Over the past year, there has been plenty of speculation about Jodie leaving the show to make way for a fresh new face in the next series.
The latest betting odds from BoyleSports suggest that Michaela is the favourite to take Jodie’s place.
Jodie became the first female to play the Time Lord when she was named as the thirteenth Doctor Who in 2017.
However, speculation in recent months suggests she will be replaced after the next series, despite admitting this week that she doesn’t want to think about moving on.
Presenter of Sunday BAFTAs ceremony, Richard Ayoade is also in the running at odds of 9/1.
Another contender to replace Jodie is It’s A Sin star and Years & Years frontman, Olly Alexander, after being singled out by John Barrowman as the perfect candidate.
Lawrence Lyons, a spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “We’ve seen quite a few lively contenders backed to be the next Doctor Who this year, but Michaela Coel is the candidate on the end of the most consistent support.”
He continued: “The latest flurry of bets comes in the wake of her BAFTA success and makes her the most likely successor at 4/1 from 6/1.”
In a recent interview, Jodie admitted that she didn’t want to think about quitting Doctor Who.
“As far as I’m concerned, right now, I’m the Doctor and that’s taking up everything of me, as an actor,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
“And to think something beyond that. I can’t put my head there, and I don’t want to.”
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The Chase host Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole have also left the series in a move that has left Jodie “bereaved”.
The pair stepped down from the series following the festive special in 2020.
Graham O’Brien (played by Bradley Walsh) and Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) have starred in the series alongside Jodie since she joined but were recently written out of the show.
Speaking about the departure of her co-stars, she told Radio Times: “Without going into any specifics about anything to do with character or what happens.
“Just purely knowing it was the last scenes with myself and those actors – both of them had to carry me to my trailer,” she added.
“I’ve not cried like that for such a long time. I mean, Brad couldn’t cope with it at all… and Tosin was like, ‘I really can’t cope with you getting so sad.’”
Billie Piper, who played Doctor Who’s Rose Tyler in the first series in 2005, recently said she thought award-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter would be a perfect fit for the role.
Describing her as having “madcap energy” and being a “powerhouse”, Billie caused more speculation.
Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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