Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the New Favourite for The Next Doctor

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?

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    Wrong sex I’m afraid.

    • Dr. Moo (Cow)

      Hahahahaha, no.

      • FrancoPabloDiablo

        Hahahahaha, yes.

        • Dr. Moo (Cow)

          * No.

          As if any one sex can play a character that can transform into literally anyone! Ludicrous suggestion.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Just because it ‘can’ happen doesn’t mean it ‘should’. What would be the narrative purpose? Oh, wait, just because it ‘can’ happen or because ‘it’s about time’! And now that Moff is leaving (as much as I love his work and time on Doctor Who) I hope we can put all his PC, liberal, gender-bending antics to one side now. Times are changing and the SJW feminazi leftie loonies aren’t going to get away with this sort of thing for much longer. What is so wrong with creating original strong female characters instead of having to try to hijack a 54-year male one? And on a side note it speaks volumes that my daughter who is 10 and her Who-loving friends are dead against the idea of the Doctor becoming a woman. That’s the great thing about children – they don’t care about SJW feminazi snowflake BS like this – it’s just a few silly delusional adults.

            To kind of quote the 2nd Doctor to Distari:

            “I have no doubt that you could cast a female as the Doctor, but it would still be a very stupid thing to do!”

          • Dr. Moo (Cow)

            Whatever you say, we won’t miss you when series eleven comes round if that’s your approach,

          • Dr. Moo (Cow)

            It’s happened in a Troughton story ffs.
            And a McGann story, just this year!

            And Troughton actually said it would be a good idea.
            As did Sydney Newman, and I think the creator of Doctor Who should have more authority on the matter than some sexist alt-right internet commenter.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Have you read the latest edition of DWM? In particular the article about Sydney Newman? The guy had clearly lost it by that point and the BBC only asked his opinion to either shut him up or to make him feel involved and as a way of giving him a little money as a ‘consultant’ as they sure as hell weren’t going to give him on-screen credit.

          • Philip

            See, this is one reason I don’t like the “female Doctor” argument – it really splits fandom and not in a friendly way. Also, let’s not go throwing around accusations of sexism. It’s really uncalled for and not at all accurate. Everyone has an opinion, and they’re just as valid as each other. For what it’s worth, I agree with Franco – I don’t want a female Doctor. Does that make me sexist? No. Does it make all the female friends I’ve asked whether they want a female Doc (and they’ve so far all said no) sexist? No. It simply means I see the Doctor as a man. I genuinely don’t see how anyone could think otherwise, seeing as every single previous incarnation has been a man. If they cast a female Doctor, I’d give her a chance, but I know the show wouldn’t be the same for me. To me, Franco’s right in saying, “Why not create original strong female characters instead?”

            It’s very annoying because this is what the media is doing – dividing fandom because… well, just because. Realistically, we’re not going to see a female Doctor for a while. It IS too much of a gamble. If the show were doing well, maybe, but frankly, it’s not. That’s the sad crux of the matter. Merchandise licensees have lost a lot of confidence in the brand because ratings have dropped, the future is uncertain, and the past year was a desert. Chibnall will hopefully get us back on the road again. Let’s go forward with a positive outlook.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Oh c’mon Moo. You’re better than “whatever”. That is a reply usually reserved for those who have no comeback or can’t answer questions put to them or defend their comments. What would be the narrative purpose? Why not create original strong female characters instead of hijacking a 54-year old male one? Why, apart from on the internet, have most people I’ve spoken to been against the idea?

          • Dr. Moo (Cow)

            Here we are, several confirmed examples from the canon. Dating back to a 1999 novel. (This needs to be updated with Doom Coalition 4.)
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c7f457065feec7b2126afd4d5b3935b9e95e69c73ffd38afb3c7360a08defa74.jpg
            As for the narrative purpose – Tell me what narrative purpose there was in replacing Hartnell with Troughton.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            The punchline of The Curse Of Fatal Death was that the Doctor was a woman. It is ridiculous which is why it was funny.

            I wonder why that line from The Unquiet Dead was cut eh? Maybe because it was a stupid line and remark?

            And as for the 11th Doctor’s remark just after regenerating, as I stated before this was an early indication of the gender-bending PC feminazi BS theme that has run constantly throughout the Moff’s era. Same goes for the Corsair. And the General!!! Don’t even get me started on that. The sexist derogatory remark that first came out of ‘her’ mouth was inexcusable. Again, in what way did that enhance or contribute to the story or narrative at hand? In what way did it enhance the character or mark a plot point in the story? Better if they had just originally created the General as a female character to begin with would it not?

            And Missy! What a waste of a talented actress of such talent as Michelle Gomez. She so deserved to have had an original character created for her. Still can’t wait until we get to see the Master again. Hopefully a lot better than his last appearance in The End Of Time mess.

            And I’m sticking to TV canon for the purposes of this debate. Not novels and audios etc…

            Anyhoo, back to my original questions (I wasn’t looking or asking for examples): What would be the narrative purpose? Why not create original strong female characters instead?

          • scarvesandcelery

            Troughton on the possibility of the Doctor being played by a woman:

            “What a wonderful idea!”

            That’s a thing he actually said, not a misquote of something his Doctor said.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Oh, if Troughton himself said that it had better happen then. Because that is a good narrative reason!

          • scarvesandcelery

            Thing is, you’ve probably heard the good reasons – widening the pool of talented actor’s to choose from, finding something new to do with the doctor’s character, ect., and dismissed them. So I’d rather point out the way you’re misusing Troughton’s Doctor’s words to justify your argument.

          • Dr. Moo (Cow)

            I think we’re wasting our time here. Let Chibnall be bold and then we’ll be rid of these so-called fans who agree with Franco on this.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            You can’t just wish me away for not conforming to your ideals. I, personally, enjoy these lively debates and have always had respect for your input and our conversations. Don’t take it so personally Moo. If anything I thought you’d rather be rid of me because I prefer Love & Monsters over Fear Her 🙂

          • Dr. Moo (Cow)

            Don’t take it personally old friend, this particular debate does really get to me sometimes and I’ve not been a great mood today, never a good combo. 🙂
            And yes, that would be cause to get rid of anyone! Although, I did discover a DW story I hate even more… look up Big Finish’s Nekromanteia.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I just hope we are still cool with each other Moo! If we all agreed on everything and had the exact same opinions surely this comments section would be a rather dull and obsolete thing! Long live these debates!

          • bar “B.I.”O.

            I know what you mean Moo – this one does get to us, which is why I resisted commenting ’til now.
            In universe / canon: in The Creature from the Pit (yes, I know, but I’m on a convalescent binge watch, and I’m a completist) Romana introduces herself as a Time Lord; not lady. They don’t differentialte in title, so why should they in regenderation?.
            But
            In culture/society terms I don’t want little boys growing up robbed of the last decent, moral, book-reading hero and having only gun-toting, car-crashing morons as heroes (i exaggerate, yeah).
            Nor do I want little girls growing up thinking the only way female actors can get a decent role is when the boys are bored with it and hand it down to them.

            I always held the male Doctor aws a role model though, so maybe I’m being sexist! Do boys consider Buffy their role model? I don’t know.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            We’re not running short of capable male actors to choose from. And if a writer or showrunner can’t think of anything new or interesting to do with the Doctor as a male then the show is better off without them as they are obviously of limited talent and creativity. What we don’t have enough of is original strong female characters.

          • The Lazy Womble

            Pat Troughton was an intensely private man. When he started appearing at conventions, he appeared as the Second Doctor. He also had a very impish sense of mischief. It is perfectly conceivable that he said it out of a sense of devilment. Alas, he is not around for us to ask.

            But even if he meant it, that does not make it anything other than his opinion.

          • scarvesandcelery

            Also, whether he casts a female Doctor or not, I don’t think Chris Chibnall’s going to stop with what you call “Moffat’s PC liberal antics” any time soon:

          • Dr. Moo (Cow)

            Speaking of “PC liberal antics” let’s not forget what the C in PC stands for.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Capaldi? as in Mr Peter Capaldi? Not Mrs.

  • Dr. Moo (Cow)

    Too early to say anything for sure at this point. I’ll start taking these things more seriously when we’re closer to the announcement.

  • TimeChaser

    I don’t really put stock in these bookie betting things. And I doubt Chibs is going to potentially rock the fandom boat by casting the first official female Doctor. I know some people would love to see it happen some day, but facing facts, its much easier said than done.

    • Dr. Moo (Cow)

      I’m going to push the proverbial boat out here and predict a black guy gets cast.

      • Paul Peart-Smith

        Any ” black guy”?

        • Robin Bland

          In all seriousness, I’m hoping for Lennie James. I think he’d be amazing.

          • The Lazy Womble

            He certainly has an impressive resume. But isn’t he in America? It might be difficult to tempt him over.

        • Dr. Moo (Cow)

          I don’t know, it just seems like the most likely thing to happen.

          • TimeChaser

            I’d be inclined to agree that we’d see a change in ethnicity for the Doctor before we’d ever see a full sex change.

  • ColeBox

    Bookies favourite? I’m getting a bit dubious about this: “… is all the rage with punters at the moment.”
    Who are these hoards of people rushing to their local Ladbrookes to place these bets on a new Doctor Who.
    Does the average Doctor Who fan even go near a betting shop? I wonder…
    Traditional Doctor Who fan goes into a betting shop and up to the desk. “Er, um, I’d like to place a bet please.”
    Bookie: “Certainly sir, what would you like to bet on?”
    Fan: (whispers) “I’d like to place a pound bet on who will be the next Doctor Who.”
    Bookie: “Okay, well write the name of who you would like on this pad and we’ll go from there.”
    Fan: (feeling the alien atmosphere of the room) “I understand you can win a bit of money, who do you recommend?”
    Bookie: “Well, these actors here are currently at twenty to one. That’s twenty pounds back from your one pound if your choice gets the part.”
    Fan: (a little more excited) “twenty pounds… um… um… I’ll choose that actor please!”
    Next day, ‘bookies new favourite’ appears on the BBC website …

  • Robin Bland

    I really like her, and Fleabag was pretty magnificent. Can see her as the Doctor. But I don’t think it’s going to happen. if Chibbers had kept Capaldi for a season, maybe, but I’ll doubt he’ll risk casting a female Doctor on his first day on the job. It shouldn’t be a risk, but I’m sure a lot of bean-counting bods at the Beeb and especially BBCA will think of it that way. We’ll get the Paterson Joseph Doctor first.

  • Rick714

    I’m tending to ignore the bookies. Have they ever been right? these days, anyone who’s ever worked with Chibnall is getting odds.

  • krumstets

    Please make it happen….

  • Ranger

    Oh dear. I really don’t like how this has made people turn against each other, it upsets me. All over a stupid television programme.

    • The Lazy Womble

      Agreed, Ranger. This should not be setting us at one another’s throats. Besides, see the latest article for how they are going to deal with the matter 😉

    • bar “B.I.”O.

      Like any fandom (or religion) the show isn’t stupid; it’s good – or we wouldn’t be here. But strong affiliations bring out strong opinions, which can deteriorate into slanging matches or worse. And the meeja does so love encouraging an argument. I’m glad the regular commenters on here tend to resolve their differences with respect and good humour. If Moo and Franco can be on opposite sides of this one without falling out, there’s hope for Chibs whoever he chooses.