'He might be the perfect choice': Bookies slash odds on Danny Dyer becoming the next Doctor Who after actor quits EastEnders
Jodie, 39, will leave the show in autumn this year and, following Danny's announcement he is quitting EastEnders, bookmakers has slashed his odds from 66/1 to 16/ 1.
Last week, Danny, 44, announced he is leaving his role as Mick Carter on the BBC series after nine years because he now wants to try other things.
The new Doctor? Danny Dyer has been named as one of the front runners Doctor Who fans are betting on to take over the titular role from Jodie Whittaker (pictured on The Wall)
On how the odds on the next Doctor Who have dramatically changed since his announcement, a spokeswoman for Ladbrokes told The Sun: 'Danny may be not be the archetypal actor to portray the Doctor but that's just why he might be the perfect choice to make a big change on the show.
'He's all the rage with punters and has already said he wants to take on different roles.
'So we could see him swapping The Queen Vic for the Tardis — and we've slashed our odds accordingly.'
Departure: Jodie, 39, will leave the show later this year and following Danny's announcement his is leaving EastEnders, bookmakers has slashed his odds from 66/1 to 16/ 1
Earlier this week, Danny admitted he had wanted to quit EastEnders 'for a while' as he spoke out for the first time since announcing his departure from the soap.
Speaking on his Sorted With The Dyers podcast, he said: 'When you're in a job like a soap your contract comes up for renewal and every time it has they've asked me to stay, and I'm very grateful for that. Because I've seen a lot of people come and go. It's very tough.
'I always debate whether I want to sign again and I've been contemplating a while now about whether it's time to roll the dice, take the leap.
Moving on: The actor, 44, is leaving his role as Mick Carter on the BBC series after nine years and said he now wants to try other things
'The big news is I've decided not to renew my contract. That's all. That's not because I've fallen out with anybody, I love everybody. That job has been amazing for me. It's an important part of television.'
The soap star insisted there's no 'big story' behind his departure, other than he wants to try other things.
It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role.
She told Radio 1's Vick Hope and Jordan North: 'If we had the power to choose I'm going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West. If I had the power!'
Lydia is bookmaker Coral's favourite to replace Jodie at 3-1 odds, while Fisayo Akinade and Omari Douglas (both 5-1) are joint second favourites and Olly Alexander comes next in the betting at 6-
New: It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role. She said: 'If we had the power to choose I'm going to pick an actress called Lydia West'; Lydia pictured 2021