Ladbrokes have placed James Bond actor Rory Kinnear and The Queen actress Helen Mirren as some of the favourites to play The Doctor in cult science fiction drama Doctor Who.
Matt Smith will say farewell to his time as The Doctor in this years Christmas special that will see his character re-generate once again.
Rory Kinnear was the early front-runner to succeed the 30-year-old, as a 3/1 chance after gaining mass exposure in latest James Bond film Skyfall. Bets have been suspended for this actor today as he takes the lead as the favourite to take on the lead in the 50-year-old BBC One series.
“Kinnear is most accustomed to stage work, but did earn rave reviews for his portrayal of Rupert Birkin in BBC series Women In Love last year.” – Ladbrooks
Others on the list include David Harewood and Dan Stevens who are 4/1 and 5/1 respectively. Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Morgan are both 6/1 shots meanwhile, following the latter’s Doctor Who cameo appearance back in 2008.
Of the ‘bigger’ names in the betting for the Time Lord role include 20/1 that Helen Mirren is announced as the first ever female Doctor Who, and The Queen star has come in for early support at that price too.
Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe is 25/1 to swap his wand for a TARDIS amidst the end of the Harry Potter film series, with Hugh Laurie is 33/1 to assume the Doctor’s role.
And a number of television comics are also in the frame to take over from Smith, according to Ladbrokes’ market. Miranda Hart is 33/1 to take the mantle, whilst Bill Bailey would prove an eccentric 50/1.