Doctor Who fans are waiting for the BBC to confirm whether or not Jodie Whittaker is leaving the show and who her replacement is going to be. While speculation is rife, several names have been thrown into the mix and following his role in Channel 4’s popular and hard-hitting drama It’s a Sin, Olly Alexander has been tipped to step out of the TARDIS. So much so, the Years and Years frontman was quizzed about it and he left fans guessing.
Earlier this year, Channel 4 aired It’s A Sin which is a television show written by Russell T Davies, set during the AIDS epidemic.
Following the show’s success and Olly’s incredible performance, his name has been mentioned in the same sentence as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who replacement.
Earlier this week, Olly joined the Heart FM Breakfast team and was asked about the rumours.
Jamie Theakston said: “You will have heard this rumour, is it true that possibly you might be the next Doctor Who, that’s what I’m hearing, is there anything in that?”
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Olly, who appeared via a video link replied: “I mean, if I was, do you think I’d be able to tell you?”
Amanda Holden, who also hosts the radio show added: “I’ve read that you’re deliciously indiscreet, so I’m hoping yes.”
The actor continued: “It’s true I am very indiscreet, but my lips are sealed!”
“But would that be a dream role for you?” Jamie asked and he replied: “Oh my gosh I think it would be amazing.
Currently, Michaela Coel is the bookies’ favourite as a Doctor Who replacement, best known for staring in BBC’s comedy-drama series I May Destroy You, she currently has 4/1 odds of becoming the new Doctor.
Maxine Peake is another contender, with 8/1 odds on being cast. Bet known for her role in BBC’s Shameless, she has continued to appear on the screens in both TV and film.
Equally likely to take on the role is Natalie Dormer, also with 8/1 odds. The actress played Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones and is among the bookies’ favourites.
Represnting a totally different direction, comedian and actor Richard Ayoade also holds 8/1 odds. The excentric 43-year-old currently presents The Crystal Maze and The Travel Man.
It comes after John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack in Doctor Who said the upcoming casting was a perfect opportunity for the BBC to make history.
“I’d love to see a transgender Doctor. I think that would be awesome,” the actor explained. “We have had LGBTQ+ representation on the TARDIS.
“During Peter Capaldi’s reign, we had a character who was a lesbian. Why not have a Doctor the same?” Metro.co.uk published.
It’s A Sin is streaming on All 4 and HBO Max now.