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After it was reported she would be departing from the BBC sci-fi show earlier this month, rumours have been spreading on who will take Jodie Whittaker’s place as the next Doctor Who. Amongst the top names at the moment are Kris Marshall, Michaela Coel and Richard Aoyade. But Michael Sheen has been climbing the bookies’ ranks and is finding himself now to be a frontrunner for the role.
Jodie Whittaker, who took on the role of the Doctor in 2017, will be stepping out of her TARDIS at the end of the upcoming series according to reports.
The new season of Doctor Who is set to premiere sometime in 2021, which means the show producers will have to find a replacement very soon.
A new name has emerged recently as one of the frontrunners to become the next Time Lord – Michael Sheen.
According to Ladbrokes, his odds of replacing Jodie have been slashed from 20/1 to just 12/1 in the last few days.
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That makes him fourth right now in the race for the role, behind Kris, Michaela and Richard.
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.”
The 51-year-old actor has already found support on Twitter with many fans excited at the possibility that he play the Doctor next.
“There are plenty of good options but can anyone say there’s a more delightful prospect than Michael Sheen after watching Staged?” said one fan.
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“Michael Sheen for next Doctor Who! Or The Master! (cuz it seems he likes to play ones) Or Bond super crazy villain!” added another one.
More commented saying: “I don’t think anyone could top Peter Capaldi as the doctor for me, but there’s some great talent out there who could play the Doctor. My ideal actors would be Michael Sheen if Male or Hayley Atwell if Female.”
“i want michael sheen as the doctor SO BAD. watch him in literally anything and he was born to play doctor who i swear,” said another fan.
Even amongst those who are not fans of the show Micheal looks like a strong contender.
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“If Richard Ayoade or Michael Sheen became the next Doctor, I would definitely start watching #DoctorWho again!” commented one user.
Reports of Jodie’s departure from Doctor Who come after Bradley Walsh stepped down as Graham O’Brien and Toisin Cole left his role of Ryan Sinclair.
The pair both bowed out in the New Year’s Day instalment with Yaz (played by Mandip Gill) now the Doctor’s only companion.
However, the Doctor and Yaz are expected to be joined by a newcomer played by John Bishop in the upcoming series.
Meanwhile, Micheal has appeared alongside David Tennant in the BBC One show Staged.
The sitcom was filmed over Zoom during lockdown and Michael and David played a fictionalised version of themselves.
During the first series the duo were seen trying to rehearse a play while social distancing with the rest of the cast.
In season two, the “real” Michael and David begin work on an American remake of the first series.
Staged is available to watch in full on iPlayer and is airing on BBC One Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:40pm while Doctor Who is expected to return later in 2021.
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