Bookies Now Favor Tilda Swinton As Next ‘Doctor Who’

By February 16, 2017

Incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall already has made it clear it will be months before he makes a decision on who will replace Peter Capaldi in the title role of the long-running BBC series. But it seems there is suddenly a new frontrunner.

The last couple days have included a flood of new wagers, with bettors placing their money on none other than Tilda Swinton. In fact, according to Dark Horizons, the British gambling company Ladbrokes has just lowered the odds of a Swinton casting from 10-to-1, to 7-to-2.

That means if someone were to play a $10 bet on Swinton with the new odds, they would win just $35 if she were indeed cast to star in Doctor Who. Under the old odds, the reward would be $100 on a $10 bet.

The last person to get a late wager run on his potential casting was Capaldi himself in 2013, just days before BBC actually named him. The news from Ladbrokes have a few speculating that maybe the network is much closer to naming a replacement than originally shared.

Swinton, who most recently appeared as one of the stars of Doctor Strange with another perennial casting rumor, Benedict Cumberbatch, would be a very interesting choice. It would break the more than 50-year string of having white guys take on the role, and it would replace one Oscar winner with another.

Yep, Swinton won an Oscar in 2008 for Michael Clayton.

While Swinton has stayed moderately busy the last couple years, she doesn’t have a lot of announced or even rumored projects lined up quite yet for the next couple years. She’s lending her voice to Wes Anderson’s animated comedy Isle of Dogs, and she’s been attached to the comedy Auntie Mame from novelist Patrick Dennis since last September.

Ladbrokes has since adjusted the odds of other potential casting choices for Doctor Who. James Bond actor Ben Whishaw – once considered an almost shoo-in for the role – has since dropped to 10-to-1 odds. Other actors like Love Actually‘s Kris Marshall, Broadchurch‘s Olivia Colman and Silk‘s Maxine Peake all currently enjoy better odds.

That final decision, of course, is up to Chibnall and the BBC. And if we go by the schedule they laid out over the last couple weeks, we likely won’t get any indication on the next Doctor until the fall.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.