Doctor Who: Trailer for six-part series ‘Flux'

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Doctor Who fans have recently been busy speculating about which star will next be cast as The Doctor in the long-running BBC sci-fi. Whovians have been keen to know who will take on the Time Lord role next, ever since current actress Jodie Whittaker announced she’d be leaving the show. The star shared the news of her exit earlier this year and it has since been confirmed that her final scenes as The Doctor will air in 2022. However, in a recent interview Jodie spoke out about who she thinks should take on the iconic role next.

Jodie isn’t the only one leaving Doctor Who as showrunner Chris Chibnall is also bowing out of the sci-fi series.

The future of Doctor Who will now rest in the hands of returning showrunner Russell T Davies.

Russell revived the BBC sci-fi back in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper playing his human companion Rose Tyler.

After helming the show for five years, he eventually left the production in 2010 but is now set to make a comeback.

Jodie recently chatted to BBC Radio One about her upcoming exit from Doctor Who.

The actress confessed she was “upset” to be leaving the show and will miss working on the sci-fi series.

However, she hinted that the next star to play The Doctor could be connected to Russell.

When asked who she’d like to see take on the role, Jodie replied: “If we had the power to choose… I’m going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West.

“If I had the power!” Jodie added, clarifying that she’s not involved in casting.

Fans may recognise Lydia from one of Russell’s recent TV successes, Channel 4’s It’s A Sin.

She played Jill Baxter in the hit drama series which aired at the start of 2021.

It seems it’s not just Jodie who thinks Lydia would be a good fit for the role as the star is also topping the odds with bookmakers Coral.

According to the bookies, Lydia is the favourite to be cast as The Doctor with odds of 3-1 that she’ll replace Jodie.

Coral spokesperson Harry Aitkenhead commented: “Lydia West has the backing of the current Doctor for who takes on the role next and we think she is the firm favourite to take on one of the most famous roles in British television history, sitting clear at the top of our market.”

The bookies have Fisayo Akinade and Omari Douglas as joint second-favourites with odds of 5-1.

Meanwhile, Years and Years singer Olly Alexander is close behind with odds of 6-1 that he’ll play the famous Time Lord next.

While chatting on Radio One, Jodie also opened up about her decision to leave Doctor Who.

“I don’t know why!” Jodie exclaimed when asked why she chose to wave goodbye to the TARDIS.

The actress explained: “When I first signed up, I signed up to do three seasons, and I can tell you now there is many a day where I had a wobble and I felt ‘Have I made a terrible mistake?’

“At any point, I could have probably changed, but once we started to shoot the final series I think that’s when my biggest wobble happened and I thought, ‘What the heck am I doing, leaving the best job I’ve ever done?’

“But, you know what? It’s the best job because it’s happened at this moment, and no one can ever take these memories away and hopefully I’m still going to be living my best life in a few years to come!

“But, I just felt that this show deserves new energy. I don’t know if I’m happy with my decision even now, I’m still upset about it,” Jodie confessed.

You can hear Jodie’s full interview on Going Home with Vick and Jordan on Radio One.

Listen to Going Home with Vick and Jordan on Radio 1 every Monday to Thursday, 3:30pm to 6:00pm.

Doctor Who ‘Eve of the Daleks’ airs at 7pm on BBC One this New Year’s Day.

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