Punters around the country are in a spin trying to guess who will land the prestigious role of Doctor Who. In recent months, various candidates have been linked to the show, only for them to deny those rumours days later with this trend shows no sign of stopping.
The legendary role has been played by plenty of leading actors since debuting on our screens way back in 1963. During the twenty-six seasons, stars like Tom Baker, David Tennant and more recently Peter Capaldi have played the main role. However, if the markets are to be believed, Who fans could be set for an all-mighty shock with the new appointment.
Despite clear messages on Twitter denying Dr Who links, the favourite to replace Capaldi is a woman. It would be the first time in the TV shows history a woman has played the main character with Fleabag star Pheobe Waller-Bridge accounting for a massive 61% of all money staked on the Next Doctor market this week, that’s despite distancing herself from the position on social media.
Despite these denials, Waller-Bridge remains favourite for the role at 9/4, with Kris Marshall the next favourite to be the new Doctor. Marshall recently quit his role in another BBC show Death in Paradise due to the time he was spending abroad. Just three days ago, the Love Actually-star was as short as 1/2 to be the new Time Lord, which implied a 66% chance but he has since drifted to 7/4 (36% chance).
Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Marshall have been by far the most popular bets in the market, together they’ve accounted for 68% of all bets placed on the next Dr Who this week. However, following Waller-Bridge distancing herself from the position on Twitter, we’ve seen an increased amount of support for Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. Rumours appear to be gathering pace linking Swinton with the show and the odds suggested she had only a 4.8% chance of landing the role at the beginning of the week, but that has now doubled to 10%.