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Betting On Peter Capaldi For Doctor Who Role

Odds shortened on The Thick Of It star to become next Time Lord...

Bookies are reported to have shortened their odds on Peter Capaldi becoming the next Doctor Who following a rash of bets on the star of The Thick Of It.

Capaldi, who played sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the political sitcom, is claimed to have received a flurry of bets backing him to take over from Matt Smith after this year's Christmas special.

Show boss Steven Moffat recently told Digital Spy that a more mature Doctor was not impossible.

"We've never not considered an older Doctor," he said. "It is completely on all the lists we make - there are absolutely older Doctors."

The 55-year-old Scotsman is known to be a big fan of the BBC sci-fi show and has previously appeared as a character called Caecilius in a story titled The Fires of Pompeii.

Rory Kinnear was previously reported to be the hot favourite to become the 12th Time Lord.