Rory Kinnear looks set to be named the new star of Doctor Who after several leading bookmakers stopped taking bets on the 35-year-old actor to replace Matt Smith.
Kinnear, who has starred in the likes of Skyfall and Quantum of Solace as Bill Tanner, a trusted MI6 officer to Daniel Craig’s James Bond, is reportedly considering an offer from the BBC to become the 12th Time Lord.
Ladbrokes’ Alex Donohue said, “All bets are now off when it comes to the identity of the next Doctor Who. Kinnear had been a popular punt but after a flurry of activity pushed him into favorite we closed the book.”
An insider for the show denied that he had been appointed, and told The Mirror, “Rory is known as a very talented actor, but isn’t as recognisable as some other candidates.”
Previously Kinnear had only been third favorite for the role but he now looks set to inherit the TARDIS after Matt Smith announced his intention to depart the show after three years in the role. His last performance will come in the upcoming Christmas special and the BBC has already stated that Smith’s exit will be “spectacular.”
Smith declared, “I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.”
The 12th Doctor will be chosen by a BBC committee that consists of Doctor Who’s current showrunner, Steven Moffat, the BBC’s new head of television, Danny Cohen, casting director, Andy Pryor, the controller of drama commissioning for the BBC, Ben Stephenson, and the show’s new executive producer, Brian Minchin.
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