Who will be next to step into the Tardis and get the coveted role of The Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’? Betting sites have been tracking this ever since current Doctor Matt Smith announced his retirement earlier in the Spring. Smith will leave the show after the 50th Anniversary special which will see the return of David Tennant and (spoilers ahead) John Hurt as The Doctor in some form or another.
The 50th special aside, who will actually BE the real, regular, returning Doctor when the new series beings in 2014? If the last time around was any indication, betting sites will be the first to forecast who will win the role. When Matt Smith was on the cusp of being announced and word spread through more and more people ‘in the know’, they took to the betting halls and placed Smith’s name down. As a result his name skyrocketed to the top of the betting charts just before the news was announced to the public.
We can assume the same thing will happen, so we’re keeping a close eye on the front runners, especially those who zoom to the top of the charts suddenly! See the 4 names below and consider how they’d look with a Tardis standing behind them. Comment below with your thoughts, or let us know who you think should get the role!
Ben Daniels (5/2 on Ladbrokes, 3 on Unibet & 41/12 on Betfair) is currently getting the best odds from booksmakers. Ben Daniels (born 10 June 1964) is an English actor. On television, he has appeared in The Lost Language of Cranes (1991), Conspiracy (2001), Cutting It (2002–2005), Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (2005), The Virgin Queen (2005), and The State Within (2006). Daniels has also appeared in films such as The Bridge (1992), Beautiful Thing (1996), Passion in the Desert (1997), I Want You (1998), Madeline (1998), and Doom (2005). Daniels was nominated for Best Actor at the Evening Standard Awards for Best Supporting Actor in the Laurence Olivier Awards for Never the Sinner (1991), 900 Oneonta (1994), Best Actor in the M.E.N. Theatre Awards for Martin Yesterday (1998). He eventually won the Olivier award at the 25th Laurence Olivier Awards in 2001, as well as the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2001 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Theatre Awards, for his performance in the Arthur Miller play All My Sons. Other theatre credits include Tales From Hollywood (2001), Three Sisters (2003), Iphigenia at Aulis (2004), The God of Hell (2005), The Wild Duck (2005–2006), and Thérèse Raquin (2006). In 2008, Daniels made his Broadway début in a revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.
David Harewood (6 on Ladbrokes, 9 on Unibet & 57/10 on Betfair) is currently in second place. David Harewood, MBE (born 8 December 1965), is an English actor. He trained at RADA. He is known for playing David Estes, the Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, in the Showtime series Homeland.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (9 on Unibet & 18 on Betfair) is currently third. Chiwetelu Umeadi “Chiwetel” Ejiofor, OBE (chew-i-tel ej-i-oh-for; born 10 July 1977) is a British actor. He has received numerous acting awards and nominations, including the 2006 BAFTA Awards Rising Star, three Golden Globe Awards’ nominations, and the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello.
Ben Whishaw (8 on Ladbrokes, 11 on Unibet & 113/17 on Betfair) is fourth. Benjamin John “Ben” Whishaw (born 14 October 1980) is an English actor. He is known for his stage role as Hamlet, as well as his roles in the television series Nathan Barley, Criminal Justice and The Hour and film roles including Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, I’m Not There, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, and Cloud Atlas. He played the role of Q in the James Bond film Skyfall.