Bookies tip Rory Kinnear to be the new Dr Who

Rory Kinnear Credit: Press Association

Betting on the identity of the next Dr Who has been suspended by a bookmaker after unconfirmed reports that Rory Kinnear has been offered the role.

Kinnear is the son of the character actor Roy Kinnear. It's reported he was offered the job by bosses of the programme who are waiting for his response. The 35-year-old actor has played the spy Tanner in the last two James Bond films Skyfall and Quantum of Solace.

Giant poster promoting 'Quantum of Solace' in 2008 Credit: Press Association

It's thought Kinnear is in line for the role after Matt Smith announced he was turning his back on the Tardis.

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, stars of Doctor Who Credit: Press Association
  • Ladbrokes say they are no longer taking bets on Matt Smith's replacement after Kinnear was backed into 2/1 favourite.

  • Kinnear, who has also appeared in several television series, had previously only been the third in the betting at 5/1

  • That left Ben Daniels as the 2/1 favourite before the gamble began

All bets are now off when it comes to the identity of the next Dr Who. Kinnear had always been a popular punt but after a flurry of activity which pushed him into favouritism we closed the book.

The BBC has refused to comment about Kinnear becoming the next time lord but a source said:

It is just pure speculation. We are still at the start of the casting process.By late autumn should have been cast in their roles.