Peter Capaldi Steps Down from Doctor Who? Who Will Take Over?

Peter Capaldi announced that he will no longer be the Doctor in Doctor Who following next season.  Who has the best odds of taking over?

Earlier this week Peter Capaldi dropped the bombshell that he would be leaving his role as the Doctor in Doctor Who at the conclusion of this season.  The upcoming season of the show will be his third and he’s made the decision to move onto other things.  According to the report from Entertainment Weekly, the transformation to the new Doctor will take place during the Christmas episode.  Check out Capaldi’s statement below.

“The big thing about it for me is that it will be my last,” the Scottish actor said on BBC Radio 2 earlier on Monday. “This will be the end for me. I feel sad. I love Doctor Who. It’s a fantastic program to work on and it’s been a huge pleasure to work with a family, really. I can’t praise the people I’ve worked with more highly. But I’ve always been somebody that did a lot of different things. I’ve never done one job for three years. This is the first time I’ve done this and I feel that it’s time for me to move on to different challenges.”

Capaldi said that he had been asked to stay on and continue in the role after the end of his current contract but declined to do so. “I just thought, I love this, but I don’t know how long I can do it and give it my best,” he said. “And if I’m not giving it my best, I don’t want to do it. I want to move on to other challenges.”

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For those unfamiliar with the show, the Doctor possesses the unique ability to regenerate to a new form when close to death.  Capaldi was the 12th actor to portray the role (13th if the late John Hurt’s War Doctor is included) since the show’s premiere in 1963.  So who could be filling his shoes as the next incarnation?  According to EW, the actor with the best odds is Ben Whishaw (Skyfall).  Below check out their full list of frontrunners to play the character and what their odds are per the U.K.-based bookmakers William Hill.

“The company is offering odds of 6/1 that the Skyfall star will become the next Doctor, a two-hearted alien who periodically changes his physical form.

As for other possible candidates to replace the Scottish actor, William Hill is offering odds on comic actor Richard Ayoade (8/1), Whishaw’s fellow Bond franchise veteran Rory Kinnear (8/1), and Harry Potter grad Rupert Grint (8/1).

The company is also allowing gamblers to bet on the possibility that new showrunner Chris Chibnall might break with tradition and cast an actress in the role, offering odds of 6/1 that the next Doctor will be played by a woman and odds of 20/1 odds on Olivia Colman and Billie Piper, the latter of whom played the Doctor’s “companion” when the show returned after a lengthy hiatus in 2005.”

What do you think?  Is Ben Whishaw the best candidate for the role or do you have another favorite?  Do you like the possibility that there could be a female Doctor on the program?  Share your thoughts below.

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