Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker to ‘be replaced’ by Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall

Doctor Who: John Barrowman says Olly Alexander should get role

After three series as Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker is reported to be leaving the BBC sci-fi series. While the BBC have refused to comment on the speculation, fans are already trying to guess who could take over as Time Lord. The current favourite to step into her shoes is Kris Marshall.

BBC viewers will recognise Kris from his much-loved role as DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise and as Nick Harper in My Family.

Most recently, he starred in ITV period drama Sanditon as Tom Parker.

Now he is the bookies favourite to step in and replace Jodie if she does in fact leave her role on Doctor Who.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have revealed the three frontrunners to become the next Time Lord and Kris faces competition from Michaela Coel and Richard Ayoade.

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Both Kris and Michaelae have odds of 6/1 to take over while Richard’s odds have been cut to 7/1.

Elsewhere, Michael Sheen is a surprising frontrunner at 12/1, ahead of David Jonsson, Jo Martin and Jodie Comer (all 16/1).

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The odds suggest it might be a three-horse race between Michaela Coel, Kris Marshall and Richard AYoade to play Doctor Who next.

“But there are a handful of surprising names sitting in and among the frontrunners to replace Jodie Whittaker.”

It’s not the first time Kris has been rumoured to be joining Doctor Who.

Fans will remember he was a firm favourite to become a Time Lord when Peter Capaldi left the series back in 2017.

If Jodie does leave the series, could it finally be Kris’ turn in the TARDIS.

Meanwhile, Captain Jack Harkness star John Barrowman has thrown his support behind It’s A Sin star Olly Alexander.

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Speaking on Lorraine earlier this week, he said: “Olly would be amazing, he’s quirky, he’s fun, he’s a lovely actor and I think he would make a wonderful Doctor.”

Following this, Olly’s odds were chalked at12/1 from 20/1 to step into the TARDIS.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Fans have been incredibly impressed by Alexander’s switch from musician to actor and, after wowing in It’s A Sin, the odds have tumbled on him becoming the next Doctor.”

While Jodie’s fate is yet to be confirmed, it has been revealed John Bishop is joining the series as a new companion.

He will appear in the 13th series as Dan. Speaking of the role, John said: “It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who and I couldn’t wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip.”

Showrunner Chris Chibnall added: “It’s time for the next chapter of Doctor Who, and it starts with a man called Dan.

“Oh, we’ve had to keep this one secret for a long, long time. Our conversations started with John even before the pandemic hit.

“The character of Dan was built for him, and it’s a joy to have him aboard the TARDIS.”

Doctor Who is expected to return to BBC later this year.

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