Doctor Who to make history as star addresses Jodie Whittaker’s replacement: ‘Another leap’

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Doctor Who bosses broke ground in 2017 when they announced Jodie, 38, would be the first female to undertake the iconic role previously only held by men. Since then, Holby City star Jo Martin has become the second woman to portray the Time Lord after a storyline twist in season 12 of the BBC drama revealed the Gallifreyan hadn’t always been a man and there had been more than 13 regenerations. However, Captain Jack Harkness star John Barrowman, 53, now believes it’s time for the show to take “another leap” when recasting the titular character.

It was reported earlier this year that Jodie was stepping down from the role after three seasons at the helm of the TARDIS.

The BBC has not officially confirmed or denied whether the actress is leaving the show but there has been rife speculation on who her replacement could be.

This has stemmed from the likes of former Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall, 47, and I May Destroy You actress, Michaela Coel, 33.

Though John thinks bosses should cast a transgender person to take on the role of the Time Lord to bring more LGBTQAI+ representation to screen.

“I’d love to see a transgender Doctor. I think that would be awesome,” the Captain Jack star explained.

“With Jodie, they made a leap. They made a huge leap and it worked for them, and then [it’s] time for them to make another leap,” John added.

“We have had LGBTQ+ representation on the TARDIS. During Peter Capaldi’s reign, we had a character who was a lesbian [Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie].

“So yeah, we’ve had them, why not have a Doctor the same?” the former star of the show told

If bosses were to cast a transgender person as Jodie’s replacement, this would be historic as only cis-gender males and females have held the role for nearly six decades.

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They made a huge leap

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John himself made history on the show back in 2005 when he became the first LGBTQAI+ character to star in the sci-fi series.

This then followed with the first LGBTQAI+ storylines to feature and speaking about Jack’s characterisation, the actor said: “What I love about Jack is that he’s not a stereotype.

“Jack is omnisexual, but people who watch this series will think he’s completely gay because he only has sex with men,” he told The Telegraph.

Addressing sexuality when he took on the role of executive producer, Chris Chibnall said: “Since the show came back in 2005, I think Doctor Who has been amazing at blurring the edges of sexuality and being quite gender-fluid about the characters and relationships.”

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“There are LGBT characters within the show. Obviously, last year we had Bill in the show. [But] in terms of sexuality, it’s often not necessarily a thing you go into in a Doctor Who story,” he explained back in 2018.

As it currently stands, Death in Paradise star Kris is the favourite to become the 14th Doctor at the helm of the Tardis.

According to the latest odds from Coral bookmakers, the actor stands at 5/1 to become the infamous Time Lord, with Michaela coming in at 6/1.

Spokesperson Harry Aitkenhead said: “The role of Doctor Who is arguably the most famous in regular British television, and with Jodie Whittaker stepping away from the show we are going to see a new Doctor on our screens.”

“We make Kris Marshall the favourite to be the next Time Lord,” the bookmaker added.

Some of the outsiders who are currently in the running to take on the role include Benedict Cumberbatch, 44, Helena Bonham Carter, 54, and Hugh Laurie, 61, at 50/1.

No far in front of them are Idris Elba, 48, and Olivia Colman, 47 – who has recently stepped down from her role as The Queen on The Crown – at 33/1.

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer, 27, could take on the role as her chances stand at 16/1, with Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 35, at 20/1 to become the next Doctor.

Doctor Who is scheduled to return later this year on BBC One.

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