Rumors abound that Kris Marshall is to be the next Doctor on Doctor Who.
So far, the BBC is denying that they have made a decision, but Marshall has reportedly already reported for filming.
If he is filming as the Doctor already then it would suggest that Peter Capaldi won’t be leaving at the end of the season, but in the middle.
It would also mark the first time that the Doctor has regenerated in the middle of a season, rather than the end.
The surprise factor would give the BBC very solid reasons for categorically denying that anything was going on.
We’ll have to wait and see if there is a sudden surprise change during the middle of this season, which began just Sunday night.
Whoever is the next Doctor will be the 14th actor to play him, even though he’ll officially be the 13th, as John Hurt’s portrayal is “8 1/2”.
Rumors about Kris Marshall being the next Doctor began just days after Capaldi announced he would be leaving after this season, as Marshall almost immediately quit his job on Death in Paradise.
Marshall is also known from My Family, Love Actually, and Death at a Funeral.
Expectations of a Marshall Doctor are that he would be most similar to David Tennant’s, which was the most popular of the Doctor’s, since the show restarted in 2005.