As the halfway mark draws near for Peter Capaldi’s final run on Doctor Who, fans shouldn’t have to wait much longer to find out who will be his successor as the adventurous Time Lord. The popular rumor for some time now has been that Kris Marshall (Love Actually) was already chosen as the Thirteenth Doctor. But that no longer seems to be the case. Instead, the Radio Times reports two names who are in the race for the new Doctor: Luke Treadaway and Sacha Dhawan.
Another day, another rumor, another Doctor.
Treadaway is best known for his role as Vincent Rattrey in the sci-fi thriller Fortitude, as well as an Olivier-Award-winning performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Meanwhile, Dhawan has some history with Doctor Who. He starred in the 2013 docu-drama, An Adventure in Space and Time as Waris Hussein, one of the first directors to work on Doctor Who in 1963.
It looks as if the Doctor regenerating into a woman has been ruled out. Sources say the idea was seriously considered in the early casting stages. Rumored female candidates for the role included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Tilda Swinton, and Michaela Coel.
The new Doctor is likely to be announced soon, although it is not yet clear whether Capaldi will regenerate in the current series or the Christmas special.
Of course, take this all with a grain of salt, until the BBC makes an official announcement, hopefully sometime this summer.
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