Rhys Ifans tipped as the next Doctor Who

December 18, 2007 by  
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Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has emerged as the hot favourite to become the next Doctor Who once current incumbent David Tennant steps down at the end of the next series.

The Notting Hill star, who is currently making headlines as a result of his rumoured romance with Sienna Miller rather than his acting abilities, is known to be a big fan of the hit sci-fi show.

A source from within the show told the Daily Express: “It’s felt that Rhys would bring very different dimensions to the role and would make a more maverick, slightly menacing Doctor, perhaps more in the mould of the former Timelord Tom Baker.”

However, Ifans could face stiff competition from Ulsterman James Nesbitt who is also expected to be in contention for the prestigious role.

One person who will definitely be stepping into the role of the Doctor is Jennifer Saunders, with the Ab Fab star set to take on the role for a special episode to be filmed and screened next year.

Saunders will become the first-ever female actress to play the Timelord, though she has expressed her wish for it to be simply a one-off.

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