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Danny Dyer wants to be new Doctor Who: 'I can see myself in the scarf'

Gemma Strong

Danny Dyer has put himself forward to play the new Doctor Who. The 39-year-old – best known for playing Mick Carter in EastEnders – has said he thinks he could "easily" take over from current Time Lord Peter Capaldi, who recently announced he is leaving the iconic role. "I'd be interested in it," Danny told the Daily Star this week. "I could see myself in the scarf and all that." The soap star also said he would like to bring a Cockney spin to the part. "I think I could do it easily," he added. "I'd keep my accent too."

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Danny has previously hinted that he is looking to move on from Albert Square. Speaking at the National Television Awards last month, he said: "Four years is a long time. It's been really rewarding but there's other stuff out there. I'd love to show other sides to me. I loved theatre and all that."

Scottish actor Peter meanwhile is set to star in his final series of Doctor Who in April. He will then make his last appearance as the Doctor in the show’s Christmas special in December. There has been a great deal of speculation as to who his replacement will be – and last week, a new front runner emerged. Olivia Colman is now hotly tipped to take on the role, fuelling rumours that the show could have its first female Doctor.

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Olivia has even been backed to take on the role by her Broadchurch co-star David Tennant, who played the tenth Doctor. "Olivia would be a magnificent choice," he recently told the Daily Mail. "If you have the right people telling the right stories then it's absolutely a possibility." Other candidates in the running include fellow Broadchurch star Andrew Buchan, comedian Richard Ayoade, Ben Whishaw and Games of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon.

Announcing his decision to step down as the Doctor last month, Peter said: "This'll be the end for me. I feel sad. I love Doctor Who. It's a fantastic programme to work on… I can't praise the people I work with more highly. I've never worked the same job for three years, and I feel like now is the right time to move on. I'll still be the Doctor for a while."

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