Jodie Whittaker has been left off the cover of the latest Doctor Who annual, leaving fans speculating that she's quit the role of the iconic time-traveller.
Instead, there is an image of the TARDIS, the Doctor’s transport through time and space, disguised as an old-fashioned blue police telephone box.
The Huddersfield-born actress, 38, created history when she became the first woman to play the role of the extra-terrestrial in 2017.
She fought off a sexist backlash when she took over from Peter Capaldi, who was with the show for three years. His predecessor Matt Smith also stayed for the same amount of time, fuelling speculation that Jodie will be following in their footsteps very soon.
In January, the BBC issued a statement which didn't confirm or deny the gossip, saying: ‘We won’t be commenting on any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show.’
As a bit of fun, we’ve looked at the current odds from a selection of gambling websites to see whether we can predict who will be the next person to grab her sonic screwdriver…
Michael Sheen (6/4 favourite at William Hill)
He’s Welsh, it’s filmed in Wales, so he won’t have a long commute. This superb actor is able to completely transform into any of the celebrities he’s ever played, from Brian Clough to Kenneth Williams, from Tony Blair to Chris Tarrant.
So he’d give those shape-shifting aliens the Raxacoricofallaptorians a run for their money. Michael's already made a voice cameo appearance in the 2011 episode The Doctor’s Wife. Plus he’s best mates with former Doctor David Tennant, his co-star in BBC1's Staged.
Michaela Coel (4/1 favourite at Boylesports)
The creator and star of the astonishing I May Destroy You, who finally got the BAFTA awards she deserved earlier this month, would be a great choice.
Fans of Michaela who first saw her in the C4 comedy-drama Chewing Gum will also know how funny and geeky she can be, too. But she wouldn’t be the first Doctor of colour; strictly speaking that honour goes Jo Martin, who played a reincarnation of Jodie Whittaker’s 13 th Doctor in 2020.
Richard Ayoade (9/1, Paddy Power)
For years, he’s been the fans' favourite, and he’s certainly got an out-of-this-world charm about him. But the show-runners may be keen to continue having a woman in the title role, which means Richard's followers could be disappointed.
But as one TARDIS door closes, another may open for Richard to become a companion. It's a job that didn’t do Billie Piper’s career any harm when she played Rose opposite Christopher Eccleston in 2005, and wowed critics with her acting ability.
Olly Alexander (16/1, Ladbrokes)
The fresh-faced Yorkshireman, who sings under the name Years and Years, shot up the list after his starring role in the Russell T Davies series, It’s A Sin in January this year.
A spokesman for bookies Ladbrokes said: “Fans have been incredibly impressed by Alexander’s switch from musician to actor and, after wowing in It’s A Sin, the odds have tumbled on him becoming the next Doctor.” Plus, Olly’s latest single was called Starstruck – is that a good omen?
Katie Price (200/1, Paddy Power)
An outside bet, we grant you, but as she’d say herself, never underestimate the Pricey. If you've seen any of her reality shows, you know that life can quickly become more dramatic than say, that moment when all of the Time Lords banded together to seal Gallifrey in a pocket universe.
Plus, Katie’s no stranger to going under the knife, so she’d take any regenerations – when the Doctor changes personality and looks – in her stride.