Doctor Who: Three names in mix for Jodie Whittaker replacement on BBC show?

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Jodie Whittaker has played the role since the eleventh series of popular BBC series Doctor Who began three years ago. The Doctor is usually replaced every few years, and it seems Jodie’s time on the series is likely coming to an end soon. Fans have been speculating for the past year who the new face of the Doctor could be, with new names seemingly thrown into the mix weekly. But bookies now say it has come down to a three-horse race.

Despite the rumours of Jodie leaving the show, nothing has been confirmed by the BBC.

But a normal stint for a Time Lord actor is around three series’, so it’s very likely that the BBC are lining up a replacement.

Jodie made history as the first female Doctor, and has clearly loved being on the show.

She said last year: “If you bump into a Whovian, it genuinely makes both of your days.”

The bookies have revealed just three names are priced shorter than 10/1 to replace Jodie, with Olly Alexander currently leading the way at 4/1.

Olly, 31, appeared in a leading role in Channel 4 drama It’s a Sin earlier this year.

The series depicted gay life in the 1980s and early 1990s, and Olly’s performance earned critical acclaim, with many calling for him to win a BAFTA.

Many fans have expressed their hopes to see him in the Tardis, despite Olly’s management recently claiming he wouldn’t be taking on the role.

Elsewhere, former favourite Kris Marshall is now 6/1 in the betting, with Michaela Coel currently being an 8/1 shot for the role.

Kris, 48, would certainly fit into the role of eccentric British genius, according to fans who want him as the next Doctor.

The former Death in Paradise protagonist is also known for his iconic roles in My Family, Love Actually and The Merchant of Venice.

Meanwhile, Michaela Coel recently wrote and starred in the award-winning drama I May Destroy You.

The BBC series was a thought-provoking and provocative exploration of the question of sexual consent.

It followed Arabella (played by Michaela), a millennial author who has just released a debut novel.

Could Michaela carry the torch as the next female Doctor?

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like Doctor Who chiefs may have whittled it down to three names when it comes to replacing Jodie Whittaker, and as things stand it’s Olly Alexander who heads the betting.”

Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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