Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi running favourite for 12th Doctor?
As the BBC confirms the new lead for Doctor Who will be announced on Sunday, Peter Capaldi is the bookies' choice...
Just before Matt Smith was cast by Steven Moffat as the 11th man to take the lead role in Doctor Who, the days building up to the announcement - revealed in a TV special - saw betting on Paterson Joseph go through the roof. Then, Matt Smith's name came out of nowhere, and you know the rest of the story.
Could, then, history be repeating itself? Several sources are reporting that betting has been suspended on Peter Capaldi taking over the role of the world's most famous Time Lord in Doctor Who, ahead of a formal announcement from the BBC on Sunday night. The closest Capaldi has come to the show in the past was his role as John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children Of Earth, and his appearance in The Fires Of Pompeii.
And as strong a choice as Capaldi would make for the role of the 12th Doctor, it would be genuinely staggering were he to get the nod, no matter what the bookmakers are saying. Most are expecting a male under 40 years old, and truthfully, so are we. We're obviously happy to be surprised, but the 55-year old Capaldi - an excellent actor - would be a bold choice for the role. The Daleks would be sworn into submission.
The new Doctor will be revealed on a special show on BBC One this coming Sunday, at 7pm. The Doctor will be revealed live, and be interviewed by Zoe Ball. The other names on the bookies' shortlist? They include Daniel Rigby, Ben Daniels, Rory Kinnear, Idris Elba, John Hurt (!), Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott.
Truthfully, though, can you remember the last time the bookies got this one right? We'll see you back here on Sunday night to see who wins out. If the 100/1 outside, Jason Statham, prevails, you won't hear the end of it from us....
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