Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker to be replaced by Its A Sin star Omari Douglas?

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Fans of the popular BBC series have been speculating who could replace Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who. A selection of famous names have been thrown into the mix so far including I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel and Harry Potter actor Rhys Irfans. The latest name rumoured to be taking over as the next Time Lord is It’s A Sin star Omari Douglas who is now joint-favourite alongside another Channel 4 co-star. 

The betting on who will take the helm of the Tardis has taken many twists and turns ever since it was announced Jodie Whittaker will be leaving the sci-fi series. 

It’s A Sin star Omari Douglas is now fancied to become the next Doctor after the bookies added his name into the ring on Wednesday. 

The 27-year-old starred in the acclaimed Channel 4 Aids drama which was created by Doctor Who’s showrunner Russell T Davies. 

BoyleSports received requests early Wednesday afternoon and chalked him up at 8/1 in the betting. 

It didn’t take long for the odds to shorten to 3/1 making him the joint-favourite alongside Olly Alexander. 

Olly, who is the lead singer of Years & Years, starred in It’s A Sin alongside Omari and he too has experience working with Russell. 

Lydia West, who played the loveable Jill Baxter in the series, has also been tipped for becoming the next Time Lord. 

William Hill added Lydia to its list after she was reportedly the subject of a leaked email suggesting she was in pole position. 

Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald was all the rage last week with punters as her odds sunk into 10/1 from 20/1. 

The star found fame playing Dianne in Danny Boyle’s 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. 

Since then, she’s had a prolific career across TV and film, most recently taking on a key role as DCI Joanne Davidson in series six of Line of Duty. 

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Speculation is rife as to who will be taking over the coveted role as Doctor Who with Omari Douglas now firmly in the running. 

“The It’s A Sin star wasn’t even in the betting on Wednesday afternoon but not long after he was added we had to cut his odds into 3/1 from 8/1. 

“He is now the joint-favourite alongside Olly Alexander as the race continues to see who will take over the Tardis.”

Jodie, who’s played the 13th Doctor since 2017, will leave after Doctor Who: Flux and three specials, as part of a ‘three series pact’.

With current showrunner Chris Chibnall also leaving the role at the end of 2022, Russell will be returning for the upcoming series.

Former Doctor David Tennant has recently addressed the speculation surrounding Jodie’s replacement.

He told Digital Spy: “It all depends, the moment you say yes to Doctor Who, even before you’ve done an episode, you’re being asked whether you’d go back after you finish. 

“I don’t know if this happens to James Bonds, I don’t know if Pierce Brosnan gets asked if he’d go back to James Bond.”

Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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