Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker replaced by Rhys Ifans as former Time Lord speaks out?

Jodie Whittaker opens up about her Doctor Who costume

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Jodie Whittaker announced she will be exiting the series after three 2022 specials. While Whittaker’s replacement has not yet been revealed, Matt Smith, 38, has backed Rhys Ifans to take the helm of the Tardis and take over as the much-loved Time Lord. 

Whittaker, who made history as the first female to play Doctor Who, is stepping down from the milestone role next year. 

Ahead of her exit, Smith has given his own suggestion that Harry Potter actor Ifans could be a brilliant Doctor Who. 

“You know who I think would be a brilliant Doctor Who… Rhys Ifans,” Smith said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Rhys would be sort of cool.”

He added: “I don’t know if we’ve had a Welshman yet. I’m backing Rhys!”

Ifans is best known for his roles in Notting Hill, Kevin and Perry Go Large and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One where he portrayed Xenophilius Lovegood. 

The 54-year-old has also played Dr Curt Connors – also known as The Lizard – in The Amazing Spider-Man. 

The Welsh actor will be seen later this year in The King’s Man alongside fellow Harry Potter star Ralph Fiennes – who played Lord Voldemort. 

He is also starring in The Phantom of the Open with Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins. 

Both of the projects have wrapped filming, so Ifans’ schedule might be clear enough to take on a new role. 

So could he be the first Welshman to become Doctor Who in the show’s history? 

Or will another female actress following in Whittaker’s footsteps become the next time lord?

Bookies’ speculations for the new Doctor Who have ranged from Richard Ayoade to Olly Alexander. 

Whittaker became the first female in the long-running sci-fi drama series back in 2017. 

Ever since, BBC viewers have loved watching the 13th Doctor tackle a whole host of extra-terrestrial challenges alongside the likes of Graham (played by Bradley Walsh), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Yaz (Mandip Gill).

However, Whittaker and Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall will bow out at the end of the current series. 

Whittaker and Chibnall will leave in a trio of specials, culminating in a final feature-length adventure to air in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.

When speaking about her role as Doctor Who, Whittaker said: “In 2017 I opened my glorious gift box of size 13 shoes.

 “I could not have guessed the brilliant adventures, worlds and wonders I was to see in them.”

Fans of the show will have to wait and see whether Ifans will become the new Time Lord next year. 

Doctor Who airs on BBC One in the UK and series 13 is due to premiere later this year. 

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