From the stars of It’s a sin For Michael Sheen (and even a former doctor), there’s a long list of actors being touted as Jodie Whittaker’s replacements Doctor Who.
Speculation has been raging since January 2020 as to who will replace the first female Time Lord, when rumors surfaced that she would be leaving the role after Season 13 wrapped.
Whittaker’s final series as the Doctor (named Flux) aired last year, followed by three special episodes, the last of which airs on Sunday evening (April 17). You can read The Independent‘s review here.
Former Doctors David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi also all left the show after three series.
The new star of the show will be there Doctor Who at an exciting time as former showrunner Russell T. Davies turns 60 in 2023.
However, Davies said in a recent interview with The guard that they have yet to cast the role of Doctor and that they are “just beginning to audition.”
Here’s a list of the actors who are considered to be Whittaker’s replacements based on the latest William Hill betting odds.
If you’re sitting there scratching your head and thinking, “Wait a minute, hasn’t David Tennant played the doctor before?” you’re not alone. But fans have speculated that the Scottish actor will return to the show with Davies as an all-new iteration of the Doctor, who will stay a year in 2030 (which happens to be the year of the 60th anniversary) before another actor takes over. It’s a bizarre theory, but this is it Doctor Who – Stranger things have happened.
Lydia West – 4/1
I worked with Davies on bothyears and years (the TV show, not the band) and It’s a sin, West is among the names that lead the pack to ride far afield in the Tardis. Though she hasn’t had many other TV roles to date, she will appear in the Apple TV+ series suspicion and Netflix’s new Mike Myers show The Pentaverate. Whittaker herself also said she would love to see West in the role, adding that she would be “phenomenal.” Could another doctor be on the horizon? We have to wait.
Michael Sheen – 6/1
The 52-year-old actor has previously appeared in sci-fi and fantasy films, having appeared in Good omens, underworld and Tron: Legacy. The role would also suit him as he lives in Wales, about half an hour from the show’s location. On top of that, Sheen has connections. He recently played in staged alongside Tennant, a former Time Lord.
Olly Alexander – 6/1
Alexander has long been the front runner in the role of 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, both singing and acting live with Years and Years (the band, not the TV show). However, he has since slipped down that list after saying in an interview with British GQ that he would “never” take over Whittaker. “I can tell you categorically that I’m not the next doctor,” he added. He has since endorsed Douglas for the role.
Omari Douglas – 6/1
Another member of It’s a sin Cast, Douglas was at first a surprising addition to this list. Roscoe Babatunde was his first television role, but Douglas impressed both Davies and viewers with his performance and was reported by him The sun to be the new showrunner’s first choice to take over as The Doctor. He recently starred alongside Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne in a new stage production of cabaret.
Lenny Henry – 9/1
Comedian Henry has a number of connections to the Whoniverse. Back in 1986, he parodied the sci-fi series on his comedy show The Lenny Henry Show in a sketch in which he introduced himself as the first black doctor. He then appeared on the show alongside Whittaker in the 2020 episode Spyfall, but that doesn’t preclude him from the competition as Peter Capaldi is known to have appeared in a different role Doctor Who before you play the time traveller.
Michaela Coel – 1.10
Coel is now a Bafta and Emmy winner for her work on i can destroy you, but the actor is still in the running among bookies to play the Doctor. The 34-year-old, who was cast in the new Black Panther movie, 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. Happy to take the money you would have put in the betting shop, too.” However, in an interview last year, she was less firm about the rumors, saying she would “never say never” about the role.
Hugh Grant – 1.12
A new addition to this list, Grant has been linked Doctor Who by reports suggesting he was Davies’ choice to play the 14th Doctor. It shot to the top of the ratings list but has since slipped back down after Grant denied the rumors on Twitter, saying he had “no idea” where the story came from. “Nothing against Dr. W., but I’m not,” he wrote.
T’Nia Miller – 1.12
Also in the running for the role of Doctor is British actress Miller, best known for her performances in The Haunting of Bly Manor and marcella. She has a connection with Davies, having worked with him banana, cucumber and years and years. Like Henry, Miller was already there Doctor Whoafter appearing in the 2015 episode “Hell Bent”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/doctor-who-jodie-whittaker-new-replacement-odds-b2059994.html Doctor Who: Actors Jodie Whittaker, David Tennant and Lydia West are rumored to be taking over