– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a longstanding desire for many Doctor Who fans that an upcoming Doctor be female. Doctor Who is a series that’s been around for decades, and in that time they’ve gone through more than twelve Doctors (including the War Doctor). Yet despite the laundry list of Doctors, none of them have been female. Before Peter Capaldi signed on as the most recent iteration of the Time Lord, there were a few British actresses who fans thought would have been a good fit for the quirky character.

Peter Capaldi’s time is nearing an end — if you’ll recall, he recently announced that this upcoming season of the sci-fi show would, in fact, be his last. With that in mind, the eternal question of “who will be the next Doctor?” is circulating the web.

Of course, with that question once again making the rounds among fan conversations, it was inevitable that some female options would be brought to the table. That Doctor has been through countless iterations, so it’s a given that one of them would be women. But who, pray tell, is leading the odds? Luckily for us, the British seem to have something of an obsession with gambling, and you can pretty much bet on anything under the sun — including who will be playing the next Doctor!

According to Ladbrokes, the thespian with the greatest odds of playing the Doctor is actually Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton. That’s right, Tilda Swinton herself seems to be a popular bet, with the odds being 7/2. Now, of course, this is all based on speculation, but we have to guess that a lot of these odds started with some kernel of truth at its core, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Also on the list of under Swinton are Kris Marshall with 4/1 odds, Olivia Colman with 5/1 odds, and Maxine Peake with 8/1 odds. As you can see, the idea of a female Doctor seems to be heavily favored here, with women occupying three of the top four spots on the list.

While definitely a bit of a dark horse here, Swinton is actually an inspired choice to play the character. Like many of the other Doctors in the past, she has very distinct and unique facial features that help to distinguish her from your average person. She has a history of taking on strange roles, and as such, her playing up the quirkiness is no real stretch for her. More than anything, one of her most recent roles as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, showed her ability to play a world-wise woman with mysterious motives and unpredictable actions. While we can’t expect her Doctor to be as serious as The Ancient one, there are some solid parallels that can be drawn between the two.

What do you think of these odds? Do you think Tilda Swinton stands a chance of nabbing the lead role in Doctor Who? Given her film background, can we expect her to jump over to TV for a few years? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Ladbrokes

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.