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Originally posted by aquaecolore at Spin Doctor Who? Peter Capaldi favourite to replace Matt Smith as the BBC's new Time Lord?

Peter Capaldi has become the bookies’ latest favourite to play the title role in Doctor Who.

William Hill reported there has been a surge of bets on Capaldi taking over from Matt Smith in the BBC science fiction drama at the end of the year.

The actor, 55, known for playing hot-headed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, has been placed above Ben Daniels and Rory Kinnear to play the 12th Doctor.

Capaldi has surged to the top of the bookies’ list after a flurry of low-level bets under £50, making up 60 per cent of all bets placed on who will be named the next Doctor.

Joe Crilly, a spokesperson for William Hill, said: “Peter Capaldi was not even in our list a few days ago but he has been the subject of a lot of betting interest recently and this gamble would suggest that if he does not have the part already, he is almost certainly on the shortlist.

It is thought that Capaldi’s name began to surface after Doctor Who creator Steven Moffat said he would not rule out casting an older Doctor.

He said: “We’ve never not considered an older Doctor. It is completely on all the lists we make- there are absolutely older Doctors.”

Other actors who have been linked to the role in the past few weeks include David Harewood, Rory Kinnear, Dan Stevens, Bill Bailey, Daniel Rigby and Damien Molony.

Previous frontrunner Rory Kinnear has slipped to third place at the bookies after he revealed he had never seen an episode of Doctor Who.

Odds to replace Matt Smith as the Doctor

Peter Capaldi: 2/1

Ben Daniels: 4/1

Rory Kinnear: 6/1

Ben Whishaw: 10/1

David Harewood: 10/1




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Jul. 31st, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
It probably won't happen for a zillion reasons, all of them being Moffat, but it would be amazing in so many ways.
Jul. 31st, 2013 04:59 am (UTC)

Only if his PA Bridget from CoE can be his Companion !
Jul. 31st, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Or Jamie from In The Thick of It. (I know there's already been a Jamie, but maybe he could be a re-incarnation of the original...complete with Kilt.)
Aug. 4th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
Still hoping for Ben Daniels, though I'd have much preferred the Burn Gorman rumours to have been more than any of the other spec. I mean it could be an epic coincidence that the new Doctor looked exactly like Owen, right? And imagine Jack's reaction. I know it's incredibly unlikely but I would so, so love it.
Aug. 4th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
And think of the certain contingent it would piss off EVER so royally.
Aug. 4th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
I was sure I'd mentioned that contingent but apparently it was a casualty of my being diplomatic or something.

Anyway, I'm glad it is Peter and well, THAT contingent will still likely whine due to his having been in Children of Earth, at least.

Yes I am still petty enough to like that.
Aug. 5th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
I got the good news while I was having post 5-K brunch with Ivan, a much bigger who-geek than I am. Let us do the dance of schadenfreude together.
Aug. 5th, 2013 08:08 am (UTC)
Yes, we shall dance. That's great! I shared it with one of my classmates who isn't quite as big a Who-geek but at least she is a fan so that was good.

I've already seen some whining around.

Also wow do some fans have a hate on for Moffatt. I swear it is worse than the one for RTD, and I don't THINK I'm misremembering the vitriol being less for RTD.
Aug. 5th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Human nature? EVERY show-runner gets the hate-on when he's in charge, but at soon as he's gone, the nostalgia starts kicking in and the same people who were willing to take contracts out on RTD are now wearing Rose-tyler colored glasses and waiting to string Moff up for crimes against humanity.
Aug. 4th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
So, Moffat's acquired Cumberbatch and Capaldi. You think he's trying to get the whole set?
Aug. 4th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Which set? :)
Aug. 5th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Of Fortysomething actors. But if he's trying for actors to play the Angel Islington, he's set.
Aug. 5th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
If he could get Hugh to do an episode, that would be awesome beyond belief.
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