Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker should be ‘replaced by Olly Alexander’ says co-star

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At the start of 2021, rumours began circulating Jodie Whittaker would be leaving Doctor Who after the next series. The BBC have refused to respond to the speculation but as fans try to guess who could take over, Captain Jack Harkness star John has insisted Olly should be given the job.

John revealed he has been watching It’s A Sin starring Olly and thinks he would be the best person to step into Jodie’s shoes if she does leave.

“It’s a Sin is, there you go, another pandemic that we went through and that’s why I say get the vaccine,” John began.

“We as gay men and women have been through a pandemic already. 37 million people worldwide have died from HIV and AIDs, and you know, get the vaccine.

“Anyway, however, Olly would be amazing, he’s quirky, he’s fun, he’s a lovely actor and I think he would make a wonderful Doctor.”

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Lorraine replied: “Isn’t he? So would I. I would love to see you two in scenes together. It would just be amazing.

Olly isn’t the only star who has been tipped to take over as the Time Lord with Michael Sheen favourite to replace Jodie.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have cut the actor’s odds of being the next Time Lord from 20/1 to 12/1 in recent weeks.

The latest odds make his fourth in the race for the role behind Kris Marshall, Michaela Coel and Richard Ayoade.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Michael Sheen might just be the perfect replacement for Jodie Whittaker and plenty of punters reckon he may well get the nod.”

Reports Jodie would be leaving the BBC sci-fi series came as an insider told The Mirror: “It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration.

“Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed. It’s very exciting.”

The BBC replied: “We won’t be commenting on any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show.”

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Jodie has previously insisted she is “clinging on” to the role of The Doctor for as long as she can.

She told Entertainment Weekly in 2020: “At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight!”

The Broadchurch actress has been back on set for the 13th series, which will have a shorter run due to delays with production.

After the Time Lords companions Graham (played by Bradley Walsh) and Ryan (Toisin Cole) left the TARDIS in the latest New Year special it was announced John Bishop was joining the series as Bradley.

The actor 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 later this year.

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