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Doctor Who 14th Doctor: Who will replace Jodie Whittaker?

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker may well be leaving Doctor Who after Season 13. (Image credit: BBC)

Who will be the 14th Doctor in Doctor Who? The next Doctor's identity is always a mystery Doctor Who fans are desperate to solve.

After rumours of Jodie Whittaker's departure went round in January this year, fans have been constantly trying to guess which actor might replace her!

With Doctor Who Season 13 set to return later this year, Jodie Whittaker will be coming to the end of her third season inside the TARDIS. Since David Tennant played the 10th Doctor, each incarnation of the character in modern Doctor Who has adventured across space and time for three whole seasons before "regenerating" into a brand new actor.

As per usual, there's a huge number of actors rumoured to be with a chance of playing the role. Here are the top names currently in the running to play the 14th Doctor!

Michaela Coel 

Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel. (Image credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Michaela Coel is currently billed as one of the favourites to be the 14th Doctor.

Alongside her theatre career, Michaela is best-known for creating and starring in the E4 series Chewing Gum as well as the excellent BBC comedy-drama I May Destroy You which is regarded as one of the best BBC dramas in recent years. She also starred in Hugo Blick's drama Black Earth Rising and in two episodes of Black Mirror. 

If the BBC do decide to keep the Doctor female going forward, Michaela Coel might be the next actor to grab hold of the TARDIS keys!

Odds? 4/1 

Michael Sheen 

Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen. (Image credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Champagne Collet)

Michael Sheen is a legendary British actor who is no stranger to science fiction, having already appeared in Good Omens, Passengers, and TRON: Legacy.

One potential stumbling block would be Michael Sheen has technically already appeared in modern Doctor Who already. He was the voice behind the evil entity named House, a being that fed on TARDIS energy. 

However, appearing in the show beforehand didn't prove to be much of a problem for Peter Capaldi. Maybe the Welsh actor will make a comeback after all!

Odds? 6/1 

Vicky McClure

Vicky McClure

Vicky McClure. (Image credit: Getty)

Vicky McClure made waves over the last decade as DI Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, but she's also appeared in shows like Broadchurch, This is England and The Secret Agent. 

Kate always fought to get justice for those in need and it's not hard to see how Vicky could translate her experience as DI Fleming over to playing the Doctor! With the Master now back in the show, she could easily transfer her experience chasing bent coppers over to chasing bent Time Lords!

Odds? 7/1

Richard Ayoade 

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade. (Image credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Best known for his role as socially awkward nerd Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd and as the presenter for the modern revival of The Crystal Maze, Richard Ayoade is a truly unique character. 

He’s known for off-beat, quirky humour and his endless wit whenever he appears on British panel shows, and this personality would translate perfectly to the Doctor, especially as an extension of the 13th Doctor’s stranger side.

Odds? 8/1 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Phoebe Waller-Bridge. (Image credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Champagne Collet)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's career has gone from strength to strength in recent years. She is best known for creating and starring in Fleabag but is also responsible for the first season of Killing Eve and the 2016 Channel 4 comedy mini-series, Crashing.  

With experience in both comedy and drama, Phoebe Waller-Bridge could well be a perfect Doctor, capable of both light-hearted madness and dealing with the more serious moments, too!

Odds? 8/1 

Kris Marshall

Kris Marshall

Kris Marshall. (Image credit: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Given Kris was previously rumoured to be in the running for the 12th Doctor, it would make sense for him to still be up for consideration. 

Kris is best known for his role as Nick Harper in the BBC sitcom My Family and as DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise, although you might also recognise him from a series of BT ads! More recently, he played Tom Parker in ITV’s Jane Austen adaptation, Sanditon.

Odds? 10/1 

Tom Rosenthal

Tom Rosenthal

Tom Rosenthal. (Image credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Tom Rosenthal is a stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his roles in beloved British sitcom Friday Night Dinner and the ITV2 comedy series Plebs. 

His turn as Jonny Goodman saw him playing a mischievous younger brother to Adam (Simon Bird). If he did step into the Doctor's shoes, maybe the character would become a little bit more playful with their enemies than they have been in the past.

Odds? 10/1

Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald. (Image credit: Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/WireImage)

Vicky McClure isn't the only Line of Duty star that people believe might be playing the next Doctor!

Kelly Macdonald is best known right now for her recent turn as DCI Jo Davidson in Line of Duty Season 6. However, playing a dodgy police officer shouldn't stop her from becoming the 14th Doctor. 

Macdonald has appeared in Trainspotting and the sequel T2 as well as playing Rowena Ravenclaw in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and voicing Princess Merida in Brave.

Odds? 12/1 

Jo Martin

Jo Martin in Doctor Who

Jo Martin as the Doctor in Doctor Who Season 12. (Image credit: BBC)

Doctor Who Season 12 really shook up the show's canon. One of the biggest changes by far (save for the Timeless Child reveal, obviously) was the appearance of Jo Martin as The Doctor. Not another regeneration, just a second version of the Doctor, one that Jodie's Doctor doesn't seem to know much about just yet. 

There are plenty of theories about where Jo Martin's Doctor fits into space and time, but we still don't really know how important the character will be just yet. 

So, there's still a chance Jodie could regenerate into Jo Martin, and the fourteenth season could then explore more about why the so-called "Fugitive Doctor" exists!

Odds? 16/1 

Matt Berry

Matt Berry and Natasia Demetriou

What We Do In the Shadows stars Matt Berry and Natasia Demetriou. (Image credit: LISA O'CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images)

Matt Berry has appeared in a range of British comedy series like The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and Toast of London. More recently, he's played a lead role in the FX series comedy-horror series What We Do In the Shadows. 

Many of Matt's big roles have seen him playing blustering, over-the-top characters, and the Doctor would be a bit different to his past work. With Steven Toast set to return for Toast of Tinseltown, Matt Berry might be ready for a change of pace!

Odds? 16/1

Olly Alexander 

Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander. (Image credit: Debbie Hickey/Getty Images)

Olly Alexander is best known for the British electropop trio (and now solo project) Years & Years, but he made huge waves following his performance as Richie Tozer in the Russell T. Davies miniseries It's A Sin earlier this year.

On April 20, he appeared on The One Show and was asked about the rumours he could be the next Doctor. He was very coy initially, but said: "it's not happening, I don't think, anytime soon." Was this just a bluff? Only time will tell...

Odds? 16/1 

Reece Shearsmith 

Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith. (Image credit: Gary Mitchell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

League of Gentlemen and Inside No. 9 creator Reece Shearsmith is another enigmatic British actor rumoured to be the Fourteenth Doctor. 

Reece is a highly celebrated performer, and he's no stranger to the Whoniverse, either! He's already starred in the found-footage episode Sleep No More and he played Patrick Troughton (aka the Second Doctor) in the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. Maybe Season 14 would finally be his time to take the lead role?

Odds? 20/1

Olivia Colman 

Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman. (Image credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Armani)

Colman is best known for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and her appearance as DS Ellie Miller in Broadchurch, but she briefly appeared in Matt Smith's first-ever episode of Doctor Who as shape-shifting alien Prisoner Zero. Could the former villain be next in line for the Doctor? 

Sadly, Olivia Colman could well be too busy to take on another big role, as she's reportedly in talks to join Marvel's upcoming Secret Invasion series.

Odds? 25/1 

Helena Bonham Carter 

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter. (Image credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Helena Bonham Carter might seem too big an actress to play the 14th Doctor, but the Harry Potter star could still be in the running, as she's been rumoured for the part in the past.

Recently, Piper Billie (who played companion Rose Tyler) denied she was returning to the show in a recent issue of Total Film, she said she would love Helena Bonham Carter to take the role. Of Helena, she said: "She's got that madcap energy — she's a ruddy powerhouse." 

Odds? 66/1