Bookies pick Chiwetel Ejiofor as the next possible Doctor Who

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Even though the Doctor Who movie is a long way off, one thing is still for certain — the movie will need to cast a brand new Time Lord. But who shall it be? Gamblers have already started staking the odds in Chiwetel Ejiofor's favor, but what about Helen Mirren?

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The Guardian rounded up the Bookies odds to find out who had the best chance at playing the doctor:

Boring! William Hill has installed David Morrissey as 6/1 favourite, the actor having once played a Doctor-of-sorts in a 2008 Christmas special. Second favourite Chiwetel Ejiofor (7/1) would make an intriguing choice as the character has for 40-odd years been white; Rhys Ifans would be the first Welsh Doctor (20/1) and Chris Martin (33/1) the first incumbent rock star.

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Thank heavens Martin is lower on the list, but we love the idea of a Ejiofor Time Lord! But that's not all. The Guardian has also thrown the most inspired name in the mix thus far, Helen Mirren. A female Doctor played by possibly one of the most powerhouse lady performers in Britain, it gives us chills!

Granted, this is all wild speculation. There isn't even a script for the film yet, and nothing has been confirmed at all. But in all seriousness, let's just cast Mirren as the next Doctor and be done with it.

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No, please - look, I know that the sex/race swap thing has creeped into the Doctor Who Hive Mind over the last decade or so - and when you're talking about a show with a thousand year old man flying around the universe in his magic phone booth, there's no logical reason why you should be able to do something as simple as flip a chromosome or tweak the skin color - but I don't like the the idea.

You wouldn't make James Bond a chick, would you? Or a black dude? How about Sherlock Holmes? They should just leave the Doctor as an English (or occasionally Scottish) white dude.