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Published on June 6th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Was Ben Daniels’ Name Leaked In Memo?

Other than being a fantastic actor we now have a clearer idea why Ben Daniels has become the bookies favourite to replace Matt Smith.

According to the Daily Star, the Madeline star was reportedly mentioned as a possible replacement in the same leaked email to BBC Worldwide staff before Matt Smith’s announcement was officially made.

Ben Daniels

Ben Daniels

Also reportedly in the same document are the scheduling plans for season eight where the show will allegedly go back to a full season with no mid-season break.

Since our last round-up of the movers and shake in the betting market Daniels price has come in from 5/2 to 2/1 with a handful of firms while Betfair are trading at a very tight 13/11.

The Law & Order UK star now accounts for 27.89% of all bets taken on the market with the majority share of 49.21% going on a wide variety of names.


One of the notable movers is stand-up comic and The Thick of It star Chris Addison who has gone from 33/1 with Skybet on the 3rd June to as little as 66/67 on Betfair again.

He now accounts for 8.62% of the market share.

Other names in the frame are Being Human’s Damien Maloney at 11/1, Merlin star Alexander Vlahos at 16/1, Serenity’s Chiwetel Ejiofor at 9/1 and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens at 16/1.

(Via The Daily Star.)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

17 Responses to Was Ben Daniels’ Name Leaked In Memo?

  1. avatar Ian says:

    The Daily Star said I think yesterday that Micheal Jackson daughter was to be the next Doctor!

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      Yeah! So a pinch of salt is required… ;)

    • avatar Spider-pope says:

      Then the Daily Star is written by idiots (stating the obvious, it is after all the Daily Star). The poor kid attempted suicide a few days ago by slitting her wrists. I’d say that’d rule anyone out.

      • avatar TonyS says:

        Being 15 probably doesn’t place her in the frame either

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Just announce it already and save us the pain of these endless betting stories!

    • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

      Oh God, I wish they would!

  3. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    I’ve read this somewhere else though – I knew this rumour and I don’t read the Star so I must have seen it online somewhere – I can’t remember where now. But then, whoever it was may have got it from the Star!

    This could be one of Moffat’s deliberate misinformation campaigns to distract us from the real new Doctor of course.

    • avatar TonyS says:

      and to keep us discussing the matter

  4. avatar barry whysall says:

    please let it be damien maloney really great actor being human could have died when the two leads left but i think the show got better.

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    I’ve never seen Ben Daniels before but he looks the part in that picture. Not that that’s a reason to think he’d be any good though.

  6. avatar wyrdways says:

    Bleeding Cool had Ben Daniels as their personal favourite for the job, and since they broke the news about Matt Smith getting the part, the bookies followed their guess and dropped the odds. Rich Johnston seems somewhat embarrassed by it, going by the posts!

  7. avatar Neu 75 says:

    Rule of thumb – anything the Daily Star says in relation to Doctor Who (indeed in relation to anything come to think about it) is total bollocks. Apparently Daniels is openly gay. Interesting…

  8. avatar Hyncharas says:

    Let’s face it – anybody who puts real money on who the next Doctor will be is an idiot.

  9. avatar Ian says:

    I agree with Barry, Damien Maloney would make a good Doctor and hes not that well known.

  10. avatar Al says:

    How can anyone take a story seriously that ends by saying the BBC is considering Helen Mirren and Rupert Grint for the part?

  11. avatar Hembrett says:

    I hope it’s Addison. I think he would be brilliant in the role.

  12. avatar hgthf says:

    it will be thearrogant and sub standard moffat himself

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