Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker replaced by Death in Paradise star as Ben Miller speaks out?

Ben Miller says he'd 'love' to be the next Doctor Who

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Ben Miller, who has starred in hit shows such as Bridgerton and Death in Paradise, was quizzed by Steph McGovern on whether he could see himself playing the next Time Lord when he appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch earlier this week. The 55-year-old admitted to the Channel 4 host that it would be an “amazing” role to have under his belt as speculation surrounding the next Doctor Who leading star continues.

Ben appeared on Wednesday’s instalment of Steph’s Packed Lunch to discuss his new children’s novel, but the presenter ended up probing the actor about his chances of becoming the next Doctor Who. 

Steph, 39, asked the star: “The only other thing I want to ask you is that I would love it if you were the next Doctor Who. 

“What do you reckon? Has Russell T Davies been on the phone?”

Screenwriter Davies left Doctor Who in 2009, but he is set to take the reigns again in 2023 to celebrate the sci-fi show’s 60th anniversary, according to the BBC. 

Ben smiled: “Do you know what? I would love that as well.”

He then joked: “[Mr Davies’] has changed his number for some reason. Yeah, and I’ve got a restraining order.

“So maybe it’s made the casting process a little bit tricky.” 

People in the studio could be heard chuckling at Ben’s comical comments about the screenwriter while Steph tried to continue with their interview. 

Once the studio laughter calmed down, Steph asked Ben: “I think you would love that part though, because you’ve been in Doctor Who.” 

Ben agreed with the host and said the opportunity to play the next Time Lord would be “amazing”. 

He explained: “I have been in Doctor Who as I have played the Sherrif of Nottingham in the show. 

“It was a really fun episode as I played a robot version of the Sherrif of Nottingham.” 

So could Ben take the helm of the Tardis in the much-loved sci-fi series once Jodie Whittaker’s time as Doctor Who draws to an end?

Jodie, who made history after becoming the show’s first-ever female Time Lord, is set to leave the show in 2022. 

Fans have been speculating about who could replace her in the BBC series. 

Many names have been thrown into the mix, including the likes of I May Destroy You actress Michaela Coel and Line of Duty star Vicky McClure. 

It’s a Sin actor Olly Alexander has also been tipped on becoming the next Doctor Who. 

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Olly Alexander’s odds of becoming the next Doctor have been slashed from 7/2 to 2/1 after Russell T Davies announced his return to the show.

“Alexander starred in Davies’ It’s a Sin and the pair could be reunited again soon.”

Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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