Doctor Who: Phoebe Waller-Bridge is now the joint favourite

Doctor Who: who will replace Peter Capaldi?

Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year, and incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall is the man tasked with finding his replacement in the TARDIS.

As ever, it’s tough to put much stock in what bookies say on the matter. But, nonetheless, their stab-in-the-dark predictions are fun to talk about. 

Today, has shared a story from Betway. This particular bookmakers reckons that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge – who’s set to appear in the young Han Solo movie next year – is in with a shot. 

“Phoebe Waller-Bridge is all the rage with the punters at the moment”, a spokesperson revealed. “Her odds of being the next Doctor Who have collapsed from 20/1 to 2/1 since Monday morning and we’re on red alert, keeping an eye out for any more telling bets.

“Kris Marshall remains solid at 2/1, but the sudden rush of support for Waller-Bridge suggests the race to become TV’s next Time Lord is swinging in her favour.”

Does it actually suggest that, or is people placing bets a fairly random process that might not actually mean anything? We’ll have to wait and see.

Earlier in March, Ladbrokes stopped taking bets on Kris Marshall landing the gig. 

The My Family, BT adverts and Death In Paradise star, who recently left his role in the latter, became such a favourite with punters that Ladbrokes decided to pull the plug and stop accepting bets.

“A surge of punters have backed Marshall so we’ve had no choice but to close the book,” Ladbrokes’ Alex Donohue told the – sigh – Daily Mail. (You really don’t have to click that link and show them any support.)

“If he does get the gig,” Donohue added, “the bookies will be exterminated first.”

It’s worth mentioning here that bets were also suspended on Tom Hiddleston being cast as James Bond, when a suspiciously large bet was made. That was months ago, and the future of the 007 film franchise is still yet to be confirmed.

The bets-being-suspended-on-Kris-Marshall story in no way confirms that he, or anyone, has got the part. 

Previously, when the first-wave of bookies’ choices to take over as The Doctor arrived online, Tilda Swinton was the favourite according to Ladbrokes, with odds of 7/2. The bookies’ next best guess was the aforementioned Kris Marshall at 4/1.

After that they listed Olivia Colman at 5/1 and Maxine Peake at 8/1. Ben Whishaw, Richard Ayoade and Andrew Buchan are all on 10/1, with Reece Shearsmith and Phoebe Waller-Bridge both on 12/1.

We’ll keep you posted as the latest rumours come to light. On page 2 of this article you’ll find Chris Chibnall chatting about his casting approach, and lots of quotes about Peter Capaldi’s departure…

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