Bookies have closed betting on Kris Marshall becoming the next Doctor Who after a flurry of large bets were placed on the possibility that the actor will take over the role from Peter Capaldi. Similar spikes in betting activity immediately preceded announcements that Matt Smith and Capaldi were Time Lords elect.

But while bets are off for Marshall who recently left cuddly whodunnit Death in Paradise, The Argus in Brighton reports that Paddy Power have opened a book on a Crawley teenager. Seventeen-year-old Frank Milham has been tapped as a contender for the TARDIS on the strength of his turn as the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver.

Frank has as much chance of becoming The Doctor as Michelle Gomez and Danny Dyer at 33/1 according to the bookies.

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Other potential Whos include:

Tilda Swinton – 7/2

Olivia Colman – 5/1

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Maxine Peake – 8/1

Ben Whishaw – 10/1

Richard Ayoade – 10/1

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Andrew Buchan – 10/1

Reece Shearsmith – 12/1

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – 12/1

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Rory Kinnear – 16/1

Andrew Scott – 16/1

Richard Madden – 16/1

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David Harewood – 16/1

Paterson Joseph – 16/1

Idris Elba – 20/1

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Chris Addison – 20/1

Gwendoline Christie – 20/1

James Norton – 20/1

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Adrian Lester – 20/1

Alexander Vlahos – 20/1

Sacha Dhawan – 20/1

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Robert Carlyle – 20/1

Laurie Kynaston – 20/1

Russell Brand - 25/1

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Danny Dyer - 33/1

Christopher Eccleston - 33/1

Michelle Gomez – 33/1

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Matt Smith - 40/1

David Tennant 40/1

Tom Hardy - 50/1

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Paul McGann - 50/1

Josette Simon - 50/1

Rowan Atkinson - 66/1

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Tom Baker - 100/1

Peter Davison 100/1

Colin Baker - 200/1

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Sean Connery - 250/1

Jeremy Corbyn - 250/1

Roger Moore - 250/1

Sylvester McCoy - 500/1