Rory Kinnear favourite as Ladbrokes punt on next Doctor Who

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As reports circulate questioning the future of Matt Smith as Doctor Who, Ladbrokes have opened a market regarding his replacement as the 12th man to play the role.

It is believed that Smith is keen to relinquish the role, and will do so in a Christmas special that will see his character re-generate once again.

And Rory Kinnear is the early front-runner to succeed the 30-year-old, as a 3/1 chance after gaining mass exposure in latest James Bond film Skyfall.

Kinnear is most accustomed to stage work, but did earn rave reviews for his portrayal of Rupert Birkin in BBC series Women In Love last year.

As such, he heads a list of potential candidates that features the cream of rising British acting talent, including the likes of David Harewood (Homeland, Treasure Island,) and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey,) who are 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.

Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Merlin’s Colin Morgan are both 6/1 shots meanwhile, following the latter’s Doctor Who cameo appearance back in 2008.

In addition to the chances of these respected young thespians though, Ladbrokes offer punters the chance to bet on a number of novelty candidates to become the new Time Lord.

Of the ‘bigger’ names in the betting, it is 20/1 that Helen Mirren is announced as the first ever female Doctor Who, and The Queen star has come in for early support at that price too.

Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe is 25/1 to swap his wand for a Tardis amidst the end of the Harry Potter film series, with House’s Hugh Lawrie is 33/1 to assume the Doctor’s role.

And a number of television comics are also in the frame to take over from Smith, according to Ladbrokes’ market.

Miranda Hart is 33/1 to take the mantle, whilst Never Mind The Buzzcocks panelist Bill Bailey would prove an eccentric 50/1 appointment, as would A League Of Their Own presenter James Corden at the same price.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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