Physician Who bosses are reportedly hoping to forged an actor of color as Jodie Whittaker’s substitute, which might be one other first for the hit present.
The actress, 39, who has been the sci-fi collection’ first ever feminine Physician, confirmed on Thursday that she is ready to step down from the main function after three seasons.
And it’s now thought that BBC execs need to take a ‘step ahead for variety’ in whoever they choose handy the Tardis keys over to – with Michaela Coel, 33, Nabhaan Rizwan, 24, and Priyanga Burford, 36, all tipped for the function.
‘It might be a momentous resolution’: Physician Who bosses are reportedly hoping to forged an actor of color for the primary time as Jodie Whittaker’s substitute on the present
A supply informed The Sun that the Physician Who workforce have all the time considered the present as ‘progressive’ and casting an individual of color would ‘cement’ that.
They stated: ‘It might be a momentous resolution, significantly as in 2023 because the collection celebrates its sixtieth anniversary.
‘Producers now care much less concerning the age or gender of whoever takes on the half than they do about this transfer — which might be actual step ahead for variety.’
MailOnline has contacted the BBC, Michaela, Nabhaan and Priyanga’s representatives for additional a remark.
Within the operating? Michaela Coel, 33, (pictured in June) Nabhaan Rizwan, 24, and Priyanga Burford, 36, are all considered tipped for the function
Michaela, who can be a bookies favorite, is probably finest recognized for her BBC collection I Will Destroy You which of them she starred in, wrote, co-directed, and govt produced.
Whereas star Nabhaan has beforehand appeared in BBC exhibits Informer and Business and is presently performing with Emma Corrin in stage present Anna X.
Actress Priyanga Burford is one other identify reportedly within the operating as the brand new Physician, along with her beforehand having a job in ITV thriller Harmless.
Stepping in? Priyanga, who has beforehand appeared in ITV thriller Harmless, is considered among the many names being thought-about by BBC execs as they forged a brand new Physician (pictured in 2019)
Subsequent gig lined up? Nabhaan has beforehand starred in BBC exhibits Informer and Business and is presently performing with Emma Corrin (pictured in July) in stage present Anna X, can be tipped
When stories of Jodie’s exit began to swirl again in January, many followers known as for Jo Martin’s iteration of the character to turn into the 14th Time Lord, with the Holby Metropolis star beforehand showing in two episodes of season 12 alongside Jodie.
On the time, Jo grew to become the primary black Time Lord and performed an unknown Physician, leaving viewers to say this meant she can be an ‘apparent’ successor for the half.
Jo’s Physician revealed her identification in Fugitive Of The Judoon after beforehand going by the identify Ruth Clayton, and he or she gave the impression to be a former unknown iteration of the character; she additionally appeared in The Timeless Kids.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall, who can be leaving alongside Jodie, shared his assist for Jo’s model of the Physician when she appeared onscreen in April final yr.
Leaving: Jodie, 39, who has been the sci-fi collection’ first ever feminine Physician, confirmed on Thursday that she is ready to step down from the main function after three collection (pictured 2019)
Might it’s? Physician Who followers beforehand claimed Jo Martin’s iteration of the character ought to return because the 14th Time Lord as she is an ‘apparent’ successor to Jodie (pictured in collection 12)
He stated: ‘The necessary factor to say is – she is definitively the Physician, there’s not a kind of parallel universe happening, there aren’t any tips.
‘Jo Martin is the Physician, that is why we gave her the credit score on the finish which all new Docs have the primary time you see them.’
Chris went on to say that Jo’s inclusion within the twelfth collection was ‘very deliberate’, and added: ‘However as ever with Physician Who, solutions usually reveal new questions.’
Jodie described her four-year stint manning the Tardis as being ‘one of the best job I ever had’ in an announcement launched on Thursday.
Jodie will first seem within the thirteenth season of Physician Who – set to air later this yr – after which within the first particular, tipped to hit screens on New Yr’s Day 2022.
Who’s odds-on to interchange Jodie as Physician Who?
In keeping with Ladbrokes.co.uk, these are the favourites to succeed Jodie into the Tardis…
OLLY ALEXANDER – 3/1
The It is A Sin actor and Years And Years hitmaker, 30, has already stated he’d like to take over the Tardis.
KRIS MARSHALL – 6/1
Kris, 47, was broadly rumoured to be the thirteenth Physician again in 2017 – might 2021 be the yr he lastly steps into the Tardis?
JODIE COMER – 10/1
The Killing Eve star, 27, who has picked up an Emmy and a BAFTA so far, can be one of many prime names.
REECE SHEARSMITH – 12/1
The League of Gentleman actor, 51, is presently an outdoor wager for the function.
MICHAELA COEL – 5/1
Michaela, 33, received popularity of her BAFTA-winning function in Chewing Gum and BBC/HBO drama, I Might Destroy You – making her the recent favorite.
RICHARD AYOADE – 6/1
The IT Crowd star, 43, shouldn’t be far behind Michaela as he seems so as to add to his spectacular CV.
PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE – 8/1
The much-decorated Fleabag and Killing Eve is among the many favourites for the function.
JOHN BOYEGA – 10/1
The Star Wars actor, 28, has beforehand starred alongside present Time Lord Jodie in Assault the Block and branded her efficiency ‘sensible.’
A second particular will air in spring 2022, with Jodie’s last, feature-length look because the Physician – by which she’s going to regenerate – arriving in autumn 2022 as a part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.
Of her time on the present, Jodie stated: ‘In 2017 I opened my wonderful reward field of dimension 13 sneakers. I couldn’t have guessed the sensible adventures, worlds and wonders I used to be to see in them.
‘My coronary heart is so full of affection for this present, for the workforce who make it, for the followers who watch it and for what it has delivered to my life.
‘And I can not thank Chris sufficient for entrusting me together with his unbelievable tales.’
Shifting on: Author Chris Chibnall, 51, can be leaving the present and stated in an announcement: ‘Now our shift is completed, and we’re handing again the Tardis keys’
She added: ‘We knew that we needed to journey this wave aspect by aspect, and move on the baton collectively. So right here we’re, weeks away from wrapping on one of the best job I’ve ever had.
‘I do not assume I will ever have the ability to categorical what this function has given me. I’ll carry the Physician and the teachings I’ve learnt perpetually.’
Jodie concluded: ‘I do know change will be scary and none of us know what’s on the market. That is why we hold trying. Journey Hopefully. The Universe will shock you. Always.’
Showrunner Chris, 51, added: ‘Jodie and I made a ”three collection and out” pact with one another initially of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is completed, and we’re handing again the Tardis keys.’
Co-stars: Apart from Jodie, throughout his time as showrunner Chris additionally welcomed the likes of Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham) to the beloved sci-fi collection
The BBC added that plans for the brand new technology of Physician Who can be introduced ‘in the end’.
As the primary lady to play the enduring function, Jodie has thrilled audiences along with her portrayal of the Time Lord, successful the hearts of Physician Who followers throughout the globe.
In 2020, Jodie was voted 2nd Most Widespread Physician of all time, coming inside a whisker of her pal David Tennant, in a ballot of greater than 50,000 followers for Radio Instances.
Jodie was first stated to have made the choice to depart in January, with stories on the time discussing a fall in viewership, which has been declining for 5 years.
It was reported that Jodie and showrunner Chris, who can be strolling away from the present, had attracted simply half the viewers throughout their paring compaired to what the Russell T Davies-led, David Tennant-fronted model of the present did.
Candy: Jodie, who has performed the Physician for 4 years, described her time manning the Tardis as being ‘one of the best job I ever had’ (pictured with co-stars Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh)
The Telegraph reported originally of the yr that episodes have been drawing in fewer than 5million viewers. The paper added that such numbers are ‘not dissimilar to when the present was axed in 1989’.
As compared, greater than 10million viewers watched David Tennant’s Physician Who finale in 2010, in response to The Guardian.
Nonetheless, episode Can You Hear Me? noticed simply 3.81 million viewers tuning in on the over-night rankings, which – in response to web site Cosmic Book News – was a 22% lower because the first episode of Season 12, which aired ten months earlier.
And in figures launched in March 2020, the identical month the collection ended, Physician Who’s rankings slipped to its lowest because the present made a comeback in 2005.
The season finale of collection 12 had a complete TV viewers of 4.6million, making it the bottom Physician Who has ever had. The earlier all-time low was 4.7million in 2017.
Collection 12 noticed a mean viewership of 5.4million.
Physician Who? All of the actors who’ve performed the Time Lord
The BBC’s hit Sci-fi present Physician Who was first launched by the BBC in 1963. It chronicles the journey of a Time Lord known as ‘The Physician’.
He’s first launched after fleeing his dwelling planet, Gallifrey.
The Physician travels by way of time and house in his spaceship, known as a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In House), which resembles a police field.
Throughout his travels, The Physician meets individuals and invitations them to voyage with him. They’re often known as his companions.
He additionally encounters a number of evil beings, resembling Daleks and Cyberman, and is pressured to defeat them sing minimal assets, resembling his Sonic Screwdriver, as they attempt to destroy or take over different planets, together with Earth.
As a Time Lord, The Physician has the capability to regenerate when he’s wounded or dying. After regenerating, he takes on a brand new look and persona.
The idea of regenerating was added into the collection after the First Physician, William Hartnell, grew to become unwell and stepped down from his function.
The primary run of Physician Who led to 1989 earlier than being revived in 2005 with Christopher Ecclestone because the Ninth Physician.
Beneath is the total listing of the actors who’ve been forged because the Physician from 1963 to 2017 – when Jodie Whittaker took over the coveted function.
Beginning the legacy: The First Physician William Hartnell (1963-1966)
Second and Third: Patrick Troughton (1966–1969) and Jon Pertwee (1970–1974)
Fourth and Fifth: Tom Baker (1974–1981) and Peter Davison (1981–1984)
Sixth and Seventh: Colin Baker (1984–1986) and Sylvester McCoy (1987–1989, 1996)
Eighth and Ninth: Paul McGann (1996) and Christopher Eccleston (2005)
Tenth and Eleventh: David Tennant (2005-2010) and Matt Smith (2010-2013)
Twelfth: Peter Capaldi (2013 – 2017)