Doctor Who fans are convinced that James Corden is set to replace Jodie Whittaker as the 14th Doctor.
The rumours started when the British star appeared on The Late Late Show on April 28 and announced that the next season would be his last.
After hearing the news, fellow talk show host Stephen Colbert took to Twitter and said: “Congratulations, James, on what will be eight incredible years at CBS. 12:30 won’t be the same without you.
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“But looking forward to your exciting adventures as the new Doctor Who!”
Fans of the sci-fi programme then took to the comments and shared their thoughts on the ‘joke,’ with one writing: “Wars have started for less, Stephen.”
“Stephen, don’t put that into the universe,” a second agreed.
Pitching in, a third commented: “The thought crossed my mind when I saw the announcement. Russell T Davies [who will be directing the upcoming series] does this sort of thing.
“Hire someone that on paper shouldn’t work and then make them cherished characters by revealing a hidden depth to the actors. Billie Piper and Catherine Tate for example. It might happen.”
Others took to the comments and pointed out that Corden has already starred in Doctor Who (as a character named Craig Owens), who plays a friend of the Timelord.
Arguing this, one tweeted: “Huh… He’s already a named and repeatedly appearing character on Doctor Who. He can’t be the new Doctor…”
This comment was refuted by fellow Whoinverse fans, who pointed out that Peter Calpadi (who played the 12th incarnation of the Doctor) starred in the show before playing the Timelord.
A fan explained: “While this is absolutely a joke, having been on the show previously is in no way a disqualifier to coming back in another role. Freema Agyeman was in ‘Doomsday’ before she was Martha, Karen Gillan and Peter Capaldi were in ‘Fires of Pompeii’ before they were Amy/12.”
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