Doctor Who: David Tennant’s odds of replacing Jodie Whittaker slashed after wild fan rumour

David Tennant starred as the 10th Doctor – but could he return as 14? (Picture: BBC)

The odds of David Tennant taking over from Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who have been slashed after a fan rumour about the star returning spread like willdfire.

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The power of Doctor Who fans truly knows no bounds.

The actor, who starred as the 10th Doctor in what has become one of the show’s most popular eras of all time, is now listed as the sixth most likely star to take over the keys to the Tardis, with odds of 8/1, according to Ladbrokes.

It’s A Sin star Lydia West is currently top of the list, with Olly Alexander following behind, despite his constant denials.

Omari Douglas, Fisayo Akinade, and Rakhee Thakrar come next, with David following on afterwards.

He’s followed by T’Nia Miller, and then his Good Omens co-star Michael Sheen, who previously insisted to Metro.co.uk that he hasn’t been approached

David played the 10th doctor in the BBC’s hit sci-fi series, replacing Christopher Eccleston. He starred alongside actresses Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, and Catherine Tate, who played the doctor’s companions, with It’s A Sin writer and creator Russell T Davies steering the ship.

Jodie’s Doctor will regenerate this autumn (Picture: BBC Studios/Sally Mais)

So…could he return? Former showrunner Russell is about to make his triumphant comeback, so it’s definitely not impossible.

He also sensationally came back in 2013 for Day of the Doctor, which marked the show’s 50th anniversary.



14th Doctor contenders

According to Ladbrokes:

Lydia West – 3/1

Olly Alexander – 4/1

Omari Douglas – 5/1

Fisayo Akinade – 6/1

Rakhee Thakrar – 7/1

David Tennant – 8/1

T’Nia Miller – 10/1

Michael Sheen – 12/1

Eddie Izzard – 16/1

Lucy Lawless – 16/1

David hasn’t ruled out another return, previously telling Digital Spy: ‘It all depends. The moment you say yes to Doctor Who, even before you’ve done an episode, you’re being asked whether you’d go back after you finish.’

He added: ‘I don’t know if this happens to James Bonds. I don’t know if Pierce Brosnan gets asked if he’d go back to James Bond. Because there’s that element of fantasy, anything is ultimately possible. You should never say never to anything. I think that way madness lies.’

Russell is set to return (Picture: Getty Images)

However, as much as we would love to see him grace our screens again, it does seem very unlikely. It may be a wasted opportunity to bring back a previous actor for a full run, with the BBC and Russell often opting for up and coming talent instead.

Jodie is set to step down in autumn this year after three series, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall, and has already filmed her part of the regeneration scene.

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However, Russell recently revealed that a new actor has not yet been chosen, with auditions taking place.

Watch this (time and) space!

Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils will air this spring.

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