Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker replaced by Omari Douglas after co-star speaks out?

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Doctor Who fans have been desperate to find out who will be taking the helm of the Tardis ever since Jodie Whittaker’s exit from the hit BBC sci-fi series was confirmed. It has now emerged that It’s A Sin star Omari Douglas is the favourite with bookmaker Coral to be the next Doctor following an array of support. Having worked with the show’s screenwriter Russell T Davies, could the actor be collaborating with him again?

The 27-year-old star is the 3-1 favourite to be the next Doctor Who after gaining a huge amount of support from sci-fi fans. 

His It’s A Sin co-star Lydia West is now 4-1 to replace Jodie as the second female Time Lord in the history of the BBC series, while 33-year-old Fisayo Akinade is 5-1. 

Speaking about Omari’s odds, Coral’s John Hill said: “Omari Douglas has attracted strong support in our betting to be the next Doctor Who. 

“He is the clear favourite now to replace Jodie Whittaker.” 

The new odds come after Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander ruled himself out of taking on the role after being one of the bookies’ favourites. 

But the 31-year-old revealed he would like to see his It’s A Sin co-star Omari play the part of the Time Lord once Jodie’s reign comes to an end.  

Olly starred as Ritchie Tozer in Russell’s hit miniseries which explored the AIDS crisis in London in the 1980s and early ’90s, while Omari played his friend, Roscoe Babatunde.

Speculation about a member of the It’s A Sin cast taking on the Doctor Who title was fuelled when it was confirmed that writer Russell would return to the sci-fi TV series as showrunner to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2023.

Olly told the PA news agency: “I’m definitely not going to be the Doctor but it’s going to be so amazing, Russell’s Doctor.

“I mean, it was before, and it will be again, and it has been great. So I’m excited to watch the show because I’m a fan.”

He confirmed he is “definitely backing Omari Douglas” for the role, adding: “I think the Doctor’s quite queer anyway – that’s my take on the character – and I think it would really make sense for a queer actor to take the role.

“I think it would bring something really great to the part and in the performance, I’d love to see that.”

Despite turning down a return collaboration on Doctor Who, Olly confirmed he would work on another project with Russell again, adding: “I think Russell’s amazing. 

“He’s been a hero of mine since I was 14 years old, watching Queer As Folk in secret. So he’s definitely a legend, and everything he does is great.”

So will Olly get to see Omari and Russell reunite for the next series of Doctor Who, or will the role be awarded to someone the bookies haven’t got their eyes on? 

Jodie, 39, became the show’s first female lead in 2017 and is due to hand over her keys to the Tardis after Flux, which landed on screens on October 31 and has three specials scheduled throughout 2022.

Speaking on BBC One’s Graham Norton Show, the actress said: “They are never going to tell me who it is.”

She added: “We filmed some scenes, but the new Doctor wasn’t there. 

“I wasn’t there for Peter (Capaldi), and I only met him months later when I passed him in the street!”

Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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