For the last few weeks, Kris Marshall has solidified his lead among the bookmakers for the next Doctor Who, with William Hill giving him 3 to 1 odds. This may reflect inside information, it may more likely reflect bookies protecting their position after a lot of Marshall fans put their life savings on him.
Star of BBC’s Death In Paradise as DI Humphrey Goodman – a role which he has just announced he is leaving this year, and the departure from which fuelled many of these rumours – he is also known for My Family, innumerable adverts for British Telecom (though that didn’t help Daniel Rigby last time around) and for playing Colin Frissel in Love Actually – “Look out America! Colin Frissell is coming! (Sings) And he’s got a big knob!”)
Olivia Colman is close behind at 5 to 1, as are Maxine Peake and Tilda Swinton at 6 to 1, Paterson Joseph and Richard Madden at 9 to 1, Andrew Lee Potts and Richard Ayoade at 10 to 1, with Ben Whishaw down at 14 to 1.
But none of these odds indicate that anything from the mind of new Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has leaked enough that would cause the bookies to close, as happened with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. It seems as speculatory as ever.
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