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The casting of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor has caused quite a few raised eyebrows, none moreso than in the betting industry.

An astonishing cut of 33-1 to 10-1 between Friday evening and Saturday evening suggests that individuals with insider knowledge could have been placing large bets on Smith.

It’s not necessarily a coup, however, and not an irregularity says Darren Haines of Paddy Power:

"For such an unknown name as Matt Smith to go from 33-1 to 10-1 suggests there were obviously people who did know.

"However it wasn’t widespread, so it wasn’t enough to set our alarm bells ringing, otherwise he would have crashed in as favourite.  [The bets were] enough to suggest there were people out there who knew, but I certainly wouldn’t describe it as a betting coup".

That’s the official word – but what are the thoughts of Kasterborous’ own resident gambler, Mr Professor Peach?

Oh it’s as old as this emerging industry is young.  Almost seen as a form of pension for these poor underpaid telly bods.  It’s like Bob Murrary’s daughter who let in her teachers on who the next Sunderand manager would be a few years back only for them to put a grand a piece on.  All very embarrassing I seem to remember….

If we see Gary Russell’s Facebook page informing us he’s on a 6 month sabbatical in Rio de Janiero, we’ll know something was up.


Oh I dunno, it might pay for some shoes…



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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