'Doctor Who' Signs Tilda Swinton To Take Over Peter Capaldi's Role As The New Time Lord?

By Donna Marie Lapena Padua , Feb 22, 2017 03:10 AM EST

The longtime-running, one-episode British series, "Doctor Who" is reportedly hunting for the next star who will take over Peter Capaldi's current role. British bookmakers then have been placing their bets on the cinematic chameleon Tilda Swinton as the next Time Lord. However, the news can still not be confirmed this early as the show reportedly might not afford the actress' price.

The Academy award-winning actress, Tilda Swinton, surfaces as the bookies' favorite to becoming the 13th Doctor Who for this year's Christmas special. The online betting group Ladbrokes placed Swinton on top of the other actors at a 7/2 chance of nabbing the role. She was placed solidly ahead of Kris Marshall, Olivia Colman, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge among others.

Capaldi confirmed in January that he is fleeing the "Doctor Who" as the 12th Time Lord. After which, the eighth Doctor Who, Paul McGann, predicted that Swinton will take over the TRADIS. The actor then urged the Twitter followers of the show to imagine the transition from a series of male actors into an actress. Fans were inarguably in support of the woman lead role, and writer Mark Gatiss agreed to the suggestion, saying it will be "fantastic" to have a woman portray the iconic character.

The suggestion is believed to grab a huge set of a new audience as Swinton is arguably one of the most worthy celebrities to take the role. Her flexibility in carrying out different roles is said to be an asset that makes her perfect for the character. However, Chris Chibnall, who is taking over Steven Moffat's post as showrunner, producer, and writer of "Doctor Who," said that he is not in a hurry to cast the role. He said that he is currently focused on another series, "Broadchurch," which will premiere a new season this February.

Also, there are talks surfacing that the "Doctor Who" team might not afford Swinton's fee who is supposed to earn $250,000 per year. It is then rumored that the show might skip the suggestion to cast a female star. Chibnall also said that his team will follow the traditional way of writing the story before hunting an actor that will be perfect for the written story arc.

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