Peter Capaldi hot favourite for Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi has been installed as the new favourite to be the next Doctor Who.

The Scottish Thick of It star’s odds have been cut to just 6/4 by Ladbrokes as punters pile money onto him to take over in the TARDIS when Matt Smith leaves the BBC1 hit at Christmas.

Meanwhile Rory Kinnear – who’s about to star in Channel 4’s harrowing new drama Southcliffe – has denied rumours he’ll be playing the Time Lord after he was repeatedly tipped for the role.

Some bookies even suspended betting on him, but his odds have now drifted out to 16-1.

“It’s certainly taken me by surprise,” Rory tells TV Times. “I don’t know where the rumours came from, I just know they’re not true. It’s very flattering, though!

Here are selected current next Doctor Who betting odds…

Peter Capaldi 6/4
Ben Daniels 5-1
Ben Whishaw 8-1
David Harewood 10-1
Rory Kinnear 16-1
Dan Stevens 20-1
Bill Bailey 50-1