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Olly Alexander rumoured to be the next Doctor Who

By | Published on Monday 28 June 2021

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Years & Years’ Olly Alexander is rumoured to be in line to take over from Jodie Whittaker in the lead role on long-running telly show ‘Doctor Who’. That’s what The Sun reckons, anyway.

According to the tabloid, Alexander’s negotiations to take on the role are at an “advanced stage”. The story goes that he was championed for the job by former ‘Doctor Who’ show-runner Russell T Davies, with whom he worked on the Channel 4 series ‘It’s A Sin’.

A Sun source claims: “Olly is on the verge of being announced as the new Doctor. Negotiations are at an advanced stage. He’s been heavily promoted for the role by Russell – who he’s worked closely with on other projects. Russell was impressed with his work and felt he was a great fit for the Doctor”.

It’s probably worth noting that Whittaker hasn’t actually formally announced any plans to leave the role yet. She will star in a new series of the show this year, as well as two specials set for broadcast in 2022. Word is though, she’ll be out after that.

The “regeneration” of the Doctor into a new form is a big part of the series, of course. Whittaker took on the role in 2018, becoming the first female actor to ever play the part.

Whenever an actor leaves the show, their replacement is a closely guarded secret. Before Whittaker was announced as the new Doctor, the favourites to succeed her predecessor Peter Capaldi included Ben Whishaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kris Marshall and Tilda Swinton.

Until The Sun’s big proclamation about Alexander yesterday, Kris Marshall was the favourite again. Michaela Cole and Richard Ayoade have also been tipped to take up residence in the Tardis. In the end, it’ll probably be none of them. But this little round of speculation passed the time, didn’t it?