Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker replaced by Olly Alexander after Russell T Davies return?

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Doctor Who fans have been speculating about who could replace Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor in the BBC series. Many names have been thrown into the mix including the likes of Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure and I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel. However, It’s a Sin actor, Olly Alexander is the latest star rumoured to replace Jodie after writer Russell confirmed he would be reprising his role as showrunner of the BBC series.

Earlier this week, Russell said he would be returning to the programme as showrunner after originally quitting in 2010.

He decided to step away to allow for more creative minds to take charge of the show.

The screenwriter and producer was responsible for reviving the hit BBC sci-fi classic and brought it back to television in 2005.

With current showrunner Chris Chibnall leaving the role at the end of 2022, Russell will be returning to the helm in the upcoming series.

Since Russell’s announcement, bookmakers Betfair has predicted Olly is the firm favourite to replace Jodie.

The pop star’s odds of playing the next Time Lord have slashed from 7/2 to 2/1.

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Olly Alexander’s odds of becoming the next Doctor have been slashed from 7/2 to 2/1 after Russell T Davies announced his return to the show.

“Alexander starred in Davies’ It’s a Sin and the pair could be reunited again soon.”



Death in Paradise actor Kris Marshall is another famous face in the running to replace Jodie with odds at 11/2.

Comedian Lenny Henry has odds of 6/1 and Michaela Coel with odds of 8/1.

Discussing his reappointment, Russell said in a statement: “I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show.

“But we’re time-travelling too fast, there’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm – I’m still a viewer for now.”


BBC bosses haven’t confirmed whether Jodie will be leaving the series.

However, earlier this year, the actress admitted she “doesn’t want” to think about quitting the show.

As far as I’m concerned, right now, I’m the Doctor and that’s taking up everything of me, as an actor,” she told Entertainment Weekly in an interview.

“And to think something beyond that. I can’t put my head there, and I don’t want to.”



Jodie’s casting made TV history as she was the first woman to take on the role of the Doctor.

The Chase host Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole have also left the series in a move that has left Jodie “bereaved”.

The pair stepped down from the series following the festive special in 2020.

Graham O’Brien (played by Bradley Walsh) and Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) have starred in the series alongside Jodie since she joined but were recently written out of the show.

Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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