Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker to be replaced by Michael Sheen?

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It was confirmed in July Jodie Whittaker would be leaving her role as the Doctor in 2022, with a six-episode series and three special episodes to close out her time on the show. This means there is an all-important role to be filled and dedicated Whovians have been busy speculating about who they feel deserves this prestigious role.

Jodie made Doctor Who history back in 2017 when she became the first woman to play The Doctor.

She made her debut in a Christmas special that year, however now she’s set to wave goodbye to the hit sci-fi series in Autumn 2022 alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Chris revealed he and Jodie made a pact to complete three series’ together before going out on a high.

Since the announcement broke, fans have been speculating and debating who they think will be replacing Jodie in the role.

Welsh actor Michael Sheen is the fan favourite to replace Jodie as the next Doctor Who.

The Quiz star, 52, who has also achieved big-screen success in Frost/Nixon and Twilight was a fan favourite to be the next Doctor.

In a poll which was recently carried out by, Michael was revealed as the top choice among viewers, scooping up 20 percent of the vote.

Michael previously had a role in the sixth revived series of Doctor Who, voicing the villainous House in an episode.

The actor did not appear on-screen which means there would be no need to overcomplicate a storyline.

Michael was not the only popular choice as readers put BAFTA host Richard Ayoade, 44, in a close second place to take the iconic role with 15 percent of the votes.

Fans took to social media to express their passion in wanting Michael to be the next Doctor.

One viewer wrote: “#SheenForFourteen you know it makes sense. #DoctorWho,” with another adding: “Yes! #SheenForFourteen has to happen!”

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“One more time, I really want this to happen #SheenForFourteen come on guys,” a third added.

Some fans however were not convinced about Michael joining the show as they thought the actor may be too famous or busy with other commitments.

One fan wrote: “Unaffordable and fully employed in another series, so probably not.”

Bookmakers also shared their odds on It’s A Sin star Olly Alexander landing the part along with I may Destroy You’s Michaela Coel.

Editorial Director for, Tim Glanfield said: “Doctor Who’s lead role is one of the most iconic and coveted in British Television.

“Any vacancy creates huge speculation across the TV industry. Michael Sheen is a popular choice.”

Doctor Who is set to return later in 2021.
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