Incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall already has made it clear it will be months before he makes a decision on who will replace Peter Capaldi in the title role of the long-running BBC series. But it seems there is suddenly a new frontrunner.
The last couple days have included a flood of new wagers, with bettors placing their money on none other than Tilda Swinton. In fact, according to Dark Horizons, the British gambling company Ladbrokes has just lowered the odds of a Swinton casting from 10-to-1, to 7-to-2.
That means if someone were to play a $10 bet on Swinton with the new odds, they would win just $35 if she were indeed cast to star in Doctor Who. Under the old odds, the reward would be $100 on a $10 bet.
The last person to get a late wager run on his potential casting was Capaldi himself in 2013, just days before BBC actually named him. The news from Ladbrokes have a few speculating that maybe the network is much closer to naming a replacement than originally shared.
Swinton, who most recently appeared as one of the stars of Doctor Strange with another perennial casting rumor, Benedict Cumberbatch, would be a very interesting choice. It would break the more than 50-year string of having white guys take on the role, and it would replace one Oscar winner with another.