Doctor Who: John Barrowman says Olly Alexander should get role
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Doctor Who fans have been eagerly awaiting for the BBC to reveal whether or not Jodie Whittaker is leaving the show and who her replacement could be. So far, there have been plenty of names thrown into the mix as to who could replace the actress, including It’s a Sin star Olly Alexander and Death in Paradise actor Kris Marshall. Now, writer Mark Gatiss has teased fans with a possible return.
Mark, who has appeared in multiple roles in the Whoniverse, has placed a big part as a writer for the sci-fi series since its reboot in 2005.
Up until now, he has written nine episodes of Doctor Who, including the likes of The Idiots, Lantern and Cold War.
Mark’s connection to Doctor Who goes back a long way, especially after he published his first book, Nightshade, as part of the franchise’s New Adventures line of novels.
The author hasn’t made any contributions to the series since 2017, but, that could be about to change…
He explained that Doctor Who showrunner, Chris Chibnall, has left the door open for him to continue writing for the show.
“Very early on, Chris emailed me – all the new writers were announced and everything, and I sort of assumed that that was my time [over],” Mark told radio Times.
“But he sent me a lovely email saying ‘you’re very much part of the family, I’d love you to [write a new episode] but I just haven’t.”
Speaking about writing TV stories, he admitted that he didn’t have “millions of ideas”, Mark continued: “But, there are certain things that occur and you think ‘there’s sort of only one place you could do that’ – and it’s not because it’s some kind of grand sci-fi idea, it’s just something very particular where you go, ‘ah, that’s a Doctor Who idea’.
“I’m just sort of intrigued as to where the show’s going to go next because of lockdown, in terms of whether we’re going to get lots of base under siege stories! One person in peril.”
Following the rumours that Jodie Whittaker is leaving Doctor Who, one person who has remained coy about replacing her is Years and Years frontman, Olly Alexander.
Earlier this week the singer joined the Heart FM Breakfast team and was asked about the rumours.
Jamie Theakston asked him: “You will have heard this rumour, is it true that possibly you might be the next Doctor Who, that’s what I’m hearing, is there anything in that?”
Olly, who appeared via a video link, replied: “I mean, if I was, do you think I’d be able to tell you?” He later went on to tease: “I think it would be amazing.”
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Jo Martin has also teased her return after she revealed that she would love to reprise her role as the Fugitive Doctor.
Jo first appeared in series 12, playing Ruth Clayton, a tourist guide who is later revealed to be an incarnation of the Doctor.
She became the second woman to play the character and made show history as the first black Doctor.
Jo has also been hotly tipped by the bookies to replace Jodie – if she does end up leaving the show.
Currently, Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall is the bookies’ favourite as a Doctor Who replacement.
Close behind him is I May Destroy You actress Michaela Coel, while Maxine Peake is another contender, with odds of 8/1 on being cast.
Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer is another name that has been throw into the mix.
While comedian and actor Richard Ayoade also holds odds of 8/1.
Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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