In the wake of David Tennant's imminent departure from the series, speculation has indeed broken out in earnest as to who would take DT's place in the TARDIS. Gallifrey One posted this list of the top contenders and the odds, according to British betting house William Hill:
WILLIAM HILL ODDS ON NEXT DOCTOR (30th Oct 2008) 5/2 David Morrissey 3/1 Patterson Joseph 6/1 James McAvoy 7/1 James Nesbitt, Robert Carlyle 8/1 John Simm, Rhys Ifans 12/1 Anthony Head 14/1 Alan Davies, Jason Statham 16/1 Nigel Harman, Bill Nighy 25/1 Daniel Radcliffe, Burn Gorman 33/1 Stephen Fry, John Barrowman 20/1 Next Doctor To Be Female 50/1 Christopher Eccleston
BBC One also has a closer look at some of the people on the list, including David Morrissey, who will play "The Next Doctor" in this year's Christmas special. Somehow, I don't think the creative team will make things that obvious.
The most intriguing contender, though, is Patterson Joseph, who would be the first black Doctor. Anglophenia profiles him here. I loved Joseph's turns in Jekyll and Peep Show and I think we're in a good place when we could even have this discussion. Could a Doctor of Asian/Indian descent be in the cards in the future?
As a fan of incoming series head Steven Moffat, though, I'm a little disappointed none of the Coupling boys or girls are seemingly even in the running. How insane would Doctor Jeff be?
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