Doctor Who: Ben Whishaw And Richard Ayoade Among Those Tipped To Replace Peter Capaldi

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Who will become the thirteenth Time Lord? That’s the million-dollar question currently doing the rounds on the Internet, after current star Peter Capaldi confirmed plans to step down from the iconic role following Doctor Who season 10.

Capaldi, who initially took over the title role from Matt Smith four years ago, will officially exit the long-running sci-fi series following the 2017 Christmas special – an annual tradition for Doctor Who. He’s not the only member of staff signing off either, as showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock) will be replaced at the helm by Chris Chibnall. Such a creative turnover has sparked speculation regarding who Chibnall and Co. will choose to be their new Time Lord, with Joe Gilgun, Russell Tovey, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway emerging as early frontrunners in the betting.

Ben Whishaw of Spectre and Paddington fame is also a hot-tipped favorite, followed by Richard Ayoade and Miranda Hart. Speaking of potential female Doctors, Peter Capaldi has his own replacement in mind: Frances de la Tour, the actress best known for playing the towering Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter series.

“The time felt right to bow out, to let somebody else play this wonderful role and I would like Frances de la Tour to be first female doctor.”

Here’s part of the heartfelt statement from the outgoing Time Lord:

“From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

Peter Capaldi is expected to stage his Doctor Who swan song before the year’s end, by which point we’ll surely know the identity of the thirteenth Time Lord. Of those potential candidates mentioned, who would you most like to see step foot in the TARDIS? Moreover, is it finally time to welcome a female Doctor to the fray? Sound off below with your thoughts!