11th Doctor Speculation

Such was the impact of the cliffhanger to The Stolen Earth that bookies refused to take bets on certain actors that received a lot of attention.

One of these was the superb Robert Carlyle; another was the dull James Nesbitt; a third was David Morrissey.

The Basic Instinct 2 star appeared alongside David Tennant in the BBC movie Blackpool, and has also been seen shooting the upcoming Christmas Special alongside Tennant and Dervla Kirwan.

It seems that Morrissey’s association with the show was misintepreted, but neverthless, bookies were worried:

William Hill cut the price on the Basic Instinct 2 actor from 33/1 to odds-on as bets piled in before the show aired.

A spokesman said some punters were betting large amounts up to £5,000.

"Gamblers such as these are rarely wrong and we would be very surprised if he was not the next Timelord," he said.

"Gamblers are rarely wrong" – don’t listen kids, it’s a mugs game!

Meanwhile Seventh Doctor actor Sylvester McCoy has backed Tom Baker’s suggestion of Eddie Izzard for the role of the Doctor.

Teletext quotes him as saying: "I like Tom Baker’s suggestion which he made a while back.

"Eddie Izzard would be perfect. He’s a bit eccentric and he dresses in women’s clothes. Everyone would be happy!"

So – with Charlotte Church, bookmakers and now Sylvester McCoy entering the fray – are they trying to tell us something? Eddie Izzard has previously stated that he would take the part if offered.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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