Oddsmakers already are collecting bets, and even some of the former stars are making their own recommendations. But not only is BBC far away from naming Peter Capaldi’s replacement on Doctor Who – they haven’t even started looking yet.
Yes, BBC has known a lot longer than we have that this season would be the last for Capaldi. But there’s a lot involved with finding the actor who will play the 13th Doctor – and some of it has to do with the simple fact the show itself is going through a massive management change when Steven Moffat hands over the reins to Chris Chibnall this summer.
And so Chibnall won’t even start his long search for a new Doctor until it’s time to wear shorts and T-shirts outside again, according to Radio Times reporter Ben Dowell.
Chibnall said he “hadn’t started yet’ on the show, and that all his energies were currently focused on Season 3 of his ITV crime drama Broadchurch. The (season) has been shot, but Chibnall said he is still working on the editing of the eight-part story, which sees David Tennant and Olivia Colman’s detectives investigate a violent rape.
Tennant, who starred in Doctor Who as the 10th actor to portray the title role, has pushed for Chibnall to consider Colman for the role – especially as calls for changing up the string of white men as The Doctor grows louder by the day.