Phoebe Waller-Bridge has emerged as the bookies favourite for the role of the Thirteenth Doctor.
Coming in from odds that opened at 20/1 to as short as 2/1 (some firms have her at odds on at 10/11), Waller-Bridge, the creator of the excellent, hilarious BBC Three comedy Fleabag, for which she was nominated for a 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and, if rumours are to be believed, the first female droid in the Star Wars universe as filming continues on the young Han Solo spin-off movie, has overtaken former Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall as the bookies Doctor of choice.
Waller-Bridge has also worked with incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall before when she played Abby in the second season of Broadchurch.
A spokesman for Betway said:
“Phoebe Waller-Bridge is all the rage with the punters at the moment. Her odds of being the next Doctor Who have collapsed from 20/1 to 2/1 since Monday morning and we’re on red alert, keeping an eye out for any more telling bets.
“Kris Marshall remains solid at 2/1, but the sudden rush of support for Waller-Bridge suggests the race to become TV’s next Time Lord is swinging in her favour.”
Recently, Waller-Bridge announced that there had been initial discussions regarding a second series of Fleabag, with shooting set to begin in November for release in 2018. The series originated out of a one-woman stage show of the same name which Waller-Bridge brought back to London’s Soho Theatre following the sensational success of the TV show.
The timing would certainly be tight but not impossible and, as a star on the rise with a strong cult following, she’d certainly fits the criteria of the Doctor. Would you like to see Waller-Bridge in the role?