February 4, 2012

After Chris quit Doctor Who the papers had every actor in the UK tipped as his replacement - bookies were even taking bets!

Bookies have tipped Casanova actor David Tennant as the hot favourite to replace Eccleston as the Time Lord, with odds of 1/10.

Other contenders for the role include Bill Nighy and comedian Eddie Izzard.

Ladbrokes spokesman Warren Lush said: "Public demand has forced us to produce a long list of possible Doctors despite the fact that David Tennant is so hotly tipped for the role.

"Before Eccleston took the role the money was for Alan Davies and Eddie Izzard and they have to be seen as possible contenders again."

However, bookmaker William Hill has refused to take any bets on the identity of the new Doctor, after being "flooded" with inquiries from people wishing to bet on Tennant." - BBC News - May 31, 2005

"if David gets the part WHATEVER is children's television coming to when Casanova is considered the ideal replacement for Dr Who? But the Scots actor David Tennant , who has been starring in the bodice-ripper on BBC3, is the bookies' favourite to take over from Christopher Eccleston.

Other contenders include Alan Davis, Bill Nighy and Eddie Izzard. Ladbrokes have even included a real doctor, the comic Harry Hill, but at odds of 1000/1. Alan Cumming, another Scot, is in the running. But are we at the Diary the only ones who think it is obvious that it should be none other than Billy Connolly? That would be just ticketyboo." - The Scotsman - April 1, 2005

Later that year Ladbrokes was taking bets on who would have the number one Christmas show!!

BET OF THE DAY!!!  1-3

EastEnders to be the most watched TV programme on Christmas Day (SkyBet)

It is difficult to see either Doctor Who (11-5) or Coronation Street (9-2) denying the BBC's flagship soap the top spot." - The Guardian - December 22, 2005