Peter Capaldi is bookies' new favourite for Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi pictured with some creative facial hair at an awards ceremony in June. Credit: Empics

Bookmakers have suspended betting on the new Doctor Who because they are convinced Peter Capaldi has got the job.

The actor, famous for his role as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, was down to 5/6 favourite with William Hill when they stopped taking bets.

Joe Crilly, a spokesman for the firm, said: "We have seen people today trying to back Peter Capaldi as much as possible at every price available and after a small gamble on Daniel Rigby overnight, it seems that Capaldi is once again in line to move into the Tardis."

Quantum of Solace actor Rory Kinnear, a bookies' favourite in June, has slipped to 8/1 with William Hill.