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Olly Alexander Tipped To Be First Gay Time Lord In ‘Doctor Who’

Olly Alexander tipped to be lead role in Doctor Who.
Credit: @ollyyears/Instagram & BBC

Doctor Who’s next lead is tipped to be Olly Alexander, which would make him the show’s first-ever gay Time Lord.

If the rumours are true, the pop singer and actor, who has been hugely praised for his role in Channel 4’s It’s A Sin, will become the 14th Doctor.

The BBC has refused to officially comment on the matter, with an insider stating: “As ever, bosses are staying tight-lipped about what they have planned but, with filming still going on, they clearly have plans for episodes to be playing out much later in 2022, so there’s a lot more to come for Jodie’s Doctor.”

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Olly Alexander
Olly Alexander, from the band Years & Years, may be cast as Doctor Who’s first-ever gay Time Lord. Credit: @ollyyears/Instagram

According to reports, Russell T Davies – who has previously written and directed for Doctor Who – is backing Alexander and is keen for him to take on the iconic role.

Whittaker became the show’s first woman to play the Time Lord and has been in the role since 2017.

When the 39-year-old was originally cast, she was left with no choice but to keep the exciting news a top ‘secret’.

In an interview with Radio Times, she explained: “The hardest secret to keep was my own. That was a really long time in my life- the gap between auditioning to play the Doctor, being given it, and it being announced.

“Professionally, I was the only person in my team that knew I’d been cast. I’d been sent auditions and I’d go [puts on diva voice], ‘I’m really sorry, I don’t really want to put myself up for that’.”

Other actors whose names have been thrown into the ring include Michaela Cole, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Richard Ayoade.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.