Rumour: Luke Treadaway “in the race” for 13th Doctor

Treadaway with some random bloke.

Enter yet another name to the 13th Doctor rumour pile (are you bored yet?).

The Radio Times are claiming this week that there is a “late candidate” for the role: 32-year-old Luke Treadaway.

They state:

The Fortitude star is said to be “in the race” for the role, according to a source on the show, who adds that he is a leading name in a field which also includes actor Sacha Dhawan.

Treadaway is said to have interested the Doctor Who production team thanks to his work as young scientist Vincent Rattrey in Sky Atlantic’s gory thriller Fortitude. He has also drawn acclaim and charmed audiences with his big screen role as busker James in British film A Street Cat Named Bob.

Treadway himself responded on Twitter, rather succinctly:

Expanding on Sacha Dhawan, they add:

Also still in the race to be named the next incarnation of the Time Lord is Dhawan who has already had a taste of the Doctor Who world after appearing in Mark Gatiss’s drama about the genesis of the show, An Adventure in Space and Time, playing director Waris Hussein.

Dhawan has made no secret that he’d be up for the job. “Oh my God, I’d absolutely love to,” he told when asked if he would like to play the Doctor. “I SO would love to.”

On longtime favourite Kris Marshall:

This means that Kris Marshall, the former Death in Paradise star, is no longer a shoe-in for the role despite claims that the 44-year-old has already been chosen as the Thirteenth Doctor, a suggestion which divided fans.

They also report a female Doctor has been ruled out, as per previous rumours.

It also looks as if Doctor Who bosses are not going to plump for a woman for the role. According to sources, the idea was seriously considered earlier in the casting stages but has now been ruled out. Female candidates for the role are said to have included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Tilda Swinton and Miranda Hart.

Wrapping up they state:

The new Doctor is likely to be announced soon, although it is not yet clear whether he will regenerate in the current series or the Christmas special.

The BBC declined to comment on any of the speculation and a spokesperson confirmed that no decision had been reached on who will be getting the role.