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Jodie Whittaker’s stint on Doctor Who will reportedly come to an end when her third season as a Time Lord wraps up later this year. Speculation over who will replace the first female Doctor has been rife and two-time Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan could be set to return to the BBC show after appearing with the 10th Doctor David Tennent in an earlier season. 

One of Carey’s early roles in her career was in the Doctor Who episode Blink as Sally Sparrow.

BBC fans will remember the notoriously creepy Weeping Angels which Sally inadvertently helped to defeat with the Doctor.

Sally had an interest in taking photographs in abandoned buildings but was alarmed when she found strange messages addressed to her left by the Doctor. 

She came across a list of DVDs featuring the Time Lord and eventually realised the true horror of the Weeping Angels and how she could defeat them. 

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She trapped the creatures before returning to the TARDIS to meet with the Doctor and his assistant Martha Jones (xx).

The episode broke the mould of the majority of Doctor Who episodes and was filmed from the perspective of Sally rather than the Doctor. 

Could the Oscar-nominated actress return to the BBC show and follow on from Jodie’s historic stint as the Time Lord?

Bookmakers Betway have predicted another female Doctor will make the TARDIS the home. 

I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel’s odds have been cut from 6/1 to 11/2.

She is joined by comedian Richard Ayoade as the joint-favourite to succeed Jodie. 

Betway’s Chad Yeomans said: “Filming for series 13 of Doctor Who is well underway, with the Tardis spotted touching down in Liverpool overnight. 

“Still leading the market to replace Jodie Whittaker at 11/2 is ‘I May Destroy You’ star Michaela Coel.

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“However, she is now joined by British comedian Richard Ayoade whose odds have been trimmed from 6/1 to 11/2.”

Elsewhere, Doctor Who companion Mandip Gill has spoken out on who could be replacing Jodie if she departs the show later this year. 

Speaking on Meera Syal’s Radio 4 series, Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar, Mandip was asked whether she thinks a woman of colour will ever play the Time Lord.

She said: “Yeah, I do. I think there’s a long way to go but there’s definitely room for change.

“And actually I think at the BBC and at Doctor Who they are very open and forward-thinking, so yes.”

Addressing her time on the BBC show, she continued: “I’d filmed Casualty the January before and that was in the same building.

“We were at the top of the hallway and when I finished Casualty they walked us to the canteen, they were like ‘don’t go in that door, that’s for the Doctor Who people.

“There and then I thought I’d never be in Doctor Who… Cut to six, seven months later, you know what, I’m like ‘Don’t go up there… that’s for Casualty.’”

Doctor Who will return to BBC One later this year. Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar, Wednesday March 17, at 6.30pm on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

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