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The bookies have Ben Whishaw at 5-1 to become the next Doctor.
Michaela Morgan

3 Feb 2017 - 1:46 PM  UPDATED 3 Feb 2017 - 1:46 PM

Peter Capaldi revealed this week that he would be playing Doctor Who for the last time in the show’s 2017 Christmas Special.

He announced the news on BBC Radio saying, “One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. I can't thank everyone enough. It's been cosmic."

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The news has sent the rumour mill into overdrive with fans trying to guess who will be selected to play the 13th Doctor next year. 

The bookies favourite is currently openly gay actor Ben Whishaw, who is known for his roles in the James Bond franchise, as well as films such as Bright Star and In the Heart of The Sea. He also voices Paddington Bear, FYI.


The odds on Whishaw are currently at 5-1 with actors Richard Ayoade, Rory Kinnear, Miranda Hart and Jason Flemyng also rumoured to be in contention.

If Whishaw is indeed handed down the sonic screwdriver from Capaldi, he would be the first openly gay actor to play Doctor Who.