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Death in Paradise star tipped to be next Doctor Who – details

Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker, Ben Miller?

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Emmy Griffiths
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With Jodie Whittaker bowing out of the series in 2022, rumours have been rife for who will be taking over at the next Doctor in the hit show Doctor Who, with everyone from Years and Years Olly Alexander to It's a Sin star Lydia West reportedly in the running for the iconic gig. However, there is a certain star who looks like they could be in the running!

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Death in Paradise star Ben Miller has been tipped to take over as the Doctor, and we'd love to see him try his hand in the role!

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Ben himself has spoken about potentially playing the role while on Steph's Packed Lunch. After Steph McGovern said she'd love to see him take on the part, and asked if Russell T. Davies had been in touch, Ben joked: "I would love that as well, he's changed his number for some reason! He has a restraining order, so it's made the casting process difficult."

He added that he had previously starred in the BBC sci-fi show, explaining: "I played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Doctor Who in a really really fun episode."

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Jodie will play the Doctor for another series

Fans have been delighted over the recent news that It's a Sin creator Russell T. Davies would be returning as showrunner, with Head of BBC Drama Piers Wenger explaining: "I think bringing back Russell for Doctor Who was one of the least painful decisions I’ve ever had to make. How will he evolve that show? I mean, he is a man with a vision, for sure. But, you know, we are way off filming.

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"We’ve got a new series starting at the end of the month, and a whole year of Jodie [Whittaker] to go yet. And lots of adventures ahead for her. And so I think it’s just a bit early to say what his vision will be, but it was a very exciting opportunity for the BBC to bring him back.”

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