Actress Jodie Whittaker will reportedly quit British TV series Doctor Who after filming the upcoming season. Fans have already started to predict who the next Doctor will be. Here are the current favourites.

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In an exclusive with The Mirror, Jodie Whittaker will allegedly wrap up her role as the legendary Doctor Who, after three years in the position. This means she will be following in the footsteps of her predecessors, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, both of whom left after three years.

The topic of whom will become the next Doctor is always discussed between fans and the hiring of Jodie was a huge change, as she was the first female to play the role.

Many fans praised the BBC for the move to show more representation and given this, it will be no surprise if the next Doctor will be portrayed by another actress.

Who is the current Doctor Who?

The current Thirtheenth Doctor is played by 38-year-old Jodie Whittaker. She marked the first female actress to play the wildly-popular extra-terrestrial character.

If she looks familiar, then you’ve probably seen her in a 2011 episode of sci-fi drama Black Mirror and Broadchurch.

Her appointment at the time was hard to explain in the show’s plot as the Doctor had never been a woman before. The show introduced the concept of the character’s ability to change gender on regeneration.

The term regeneration was coined to allow the recasting of the Time Lord, due to the deteriorating health of the first actor, William Hartnell. The first two recasting’s were labelled as a ‘renewal’ and ‘a change of appearance’, until Tom Baker in 1974.

What are the current odds for the next Doctor Who?

Fans have already began speculating the next Doctor Who, so much that they have placed odds in the bookies.

Here are the top 10 names predicted to succeed Jodie, according to Coral betting site.

  • Michaela Coelho 5/1- the black British actress is the frontrunner to replace Jodie Whittaker. She was one of the favourites to take on the role instead of Jodie, back in 2017. She squashed the rumours by tweeting: “Dr Who? Lol nah, I’m actually definitely not the next Dr Who.” Bur who’s to say she won’t be the chosen one this time?
  • Richard Ayoade – 6/1
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge 8/1
  • Jodie Comer 10/1
  • John Boyega 10/1
  • Kris Marshall12/1
  • Reece Shearsmith 12/1
  • Ben Wishaw 20/1
  • Idris Elba20/1
  • Olivia Colman 25/1
  • Rory Kinnear 25/1

The bookies have even thrown in some probably impossible predictions, such as The Rock himself, Mr Dwayne Johnson and even Forrest Gump a.k.a Tom Hanks.

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