Doctor Who: Olly Alexander addresses rumours he’s replacing Jodie Whittaker

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Doctor Who fans have been speculating about Jodie Whittaker leaving her role as the Time Lord in the BBC series over the past year. Many names have been thrown into the mix as to who could replace her including the likes of Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure and It’s a Sin star, Olly Alexander. Despite the rumours of Jodie leaving the show, nothing has been confirmed by the BBC.

Years and Years star Olly has been a firm favourite to replace Jodie if she ever decided to leave the show.

However, Olly’s management has since confirmed that the singer will not be replacing Jodie as the new doctor.

Olly and Years and Years’ artist manager, Martha Kinn took to Instagram on Sunday to shut down the rumours.

Taking to her Instagram story, Martha penned: “Even though Olly is often contacted by Cybermen. I’m afraid I have to exterminate this speculation.”

She continued: “As nice as it is to see interest in this story regenerate. It just isn’t true.

“As odd as it might sound, Olly is focusing on his music for the time being.”

Earlier this month Jodie’s exit from Doctor Who seemed to be confirmed after it was reported she would feature in two special episodes in 2022.

According to the Daily Mirror, Jodie will film the two back-to-back specials, which will air on BBC One next year.

The publication reported she will leave Doctor Who when she finishes filming the specials in the next couple of months.

This could mean the second special will contain the regeneration scene where Jodie’s character morphs into the 14th Doctor.

The speculation about Jodie’s exit comes after eagle-eyed fans spotted the actress won’t be appearing on the cover of the Doctor Who Annual for 2022.

It’s been revealed Jodie won’t be on the cover of the Doctor Who Annual for 2022, despite being the current actor in the Time Lord role.

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Over the past year, there has been plenty of speculation about Jodie leaving the show to make way for a fresh new face in the next series.

The latest betting odds from BoyleSports suggest I May Destroy You star and BAFA winner Michaela Coel is the favourite to take Jodie’s place.

Jodie became the first female to play the Time Lord when she was named as the thirteenth Doctor Who in 2017.

However, speculation in recent months suggests she will be replaced after the next series, despite admitting in a recent interview she doesn’t want to think about moving on.



TV presenter Richard Ayoade is also in the running at odds of 9/1.

In a recent interview, Jodie admitted she didn’t want to think about quitting Doctor Who.

“As far as I’m concerned, right now, I’m the Doctor and that’s taking up everything of me, as an actor,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

“And to think something beyond that. I can’t put my head there, and I don’t want to.”

Doctor Who is expected to return later this year.

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