Although it wasn’t entirely too shocking when Peter Capaldi announced Monday that the upcoming 10th season of Doctor Who would be his last.
But what might be shocking is who the odds-makers think will replace Capaldi in the role. While there are some fresh names from the list compared to a few years ago, the one thing that is most surprising? There seems to be very good odds that incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall will go back in time and bring back a former star.
That’s right. Matt Smith, the current star of The Crown who immediately preceded Capaldi in the title role, has been given 16-to-1 odds to return, according to The Mirror. That’s far better than even one fan-fantasy of having Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe take over. His odds are 33-to-1.
Although more unlikely, bookies have included both David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston in the possibilities, rounding out the list of all the Doctor Who actors since the 2005 resurrection. But they’re odds are about on par with Radcliffe at 20-to-1 and 33-to-1.
The odds were offered by the people at William Hill, the London-based gambling company that has been betting on the odds since 1934. And it’s not too far-fetched to think an old actor could come back. Tom Baker’s surprise guest appearance in the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special suggested The Doctor still has some control over his looks, and at some point even decides to explore some of the “classics,” like that of the Fourth Doctor played by Baker.
But it seems the past actors are quite busy on new projects. Smith, of course, is working on The Crown for Netflix, while Tennant continues to work on Broadchurch – which Chibnall created – as well as a few movies in the pipeline. Eccleston just wrapped his work on HBO’s The Leftovers, and has two films in the works.