Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker replaced by Lydia West as new evidence emerges?

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Doctor Who fans have been speculating about who could replace Jodie Whittaker as the next Time Lord in the BBC series. A variety of names have been thrown into the mix so far including I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel and It’s a Sin actor Olly Alexander. The bookies have now added another It’s a Sin star to their list of possible Doctors. 

Lydia West, who played the loveable Jill Baxter in the hit Channel 4 series It’s a Sin, is the latest actress bookies believe could become the next Doctor Who. 

Rumours are rife the 28-year-old could be awarded the iconic role despite speculation around the Years and Years star generating a flurry of bets and causing betting companies to close their books. 

The London-born actress has previously appeared in Russel T Davies’ episodes of the BBC show. 

Davies, who is returning as the show’s showrunner, has also worked on Years and Years and It’s a Sin, so he is familiar with Lydia. 

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

And contrary to rumours circulating among Whovians, William Hill’s book never closed and it added Lydia to the market at 14-1. 

“Lydia West would make a great Dr Who, but at this stage we believe she is an outsider,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. 

“In fact, it is her co-star Olly Alexander who is currently in pole position to become the next Doctor.” 

Davies’ penchant for casting people he has previously worked with no doubt added fuel to the fire. 

Year & Years frontman and It’s a Sin star Olly Alexander is currently 1-2 favourite to become the fourteenth Doctor Who. 

This year’s series of just six episodes will be Jodie Whittaker’s third and final outing as the Time Lord. 

The star, who was the first female Doctor Who in the show’s history, is set to exit the sci-fi series in 2022 following a trio of specials. 

Good Omens and Prodigal Son star Michael Sheen, who was recently voted as the fans’ choice for the high-profile vacancy, is available at 5-2.

T’Nia Miller, who was also in Years and Years, is another strong contender who could play Doctor Who. 

T’Nia played the Twelfth General in the BBC series episode titled, Hell Bent. Her odds are 7-1. 

Michaela Coel is also 7-1, with roles in Star Wars and Black Mirror bolstering her already impressive credentials. 

Bridgerton pair Ben Miller and Rege-Jean Page are 12-1 and 16-1 respectively, while eleventh Doctor Matt Smith’s fancy is Rhys Irfans, of Harry Potter at 8-1. 

Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo is another prospect at 8-1 following her successful BBC comedy series Starstruck, as is The IT Crowd star and Crystal Maze host Richard Ayoade.

Last month, Russell said he would be returning to the programme as showrunner after originally quitting in 2010.

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

Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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