Olly Alexander has denied rumours that he’s set to take over the lead role in Doctor Who, telling fans he is ‘definitely not doing it’.
The singer and actor has been linked with the sci-fi series ever since starring in the critically revered It’s a Sin last year.
It was previously reported that he’s set to take on the role, but not for the first time, he’s come out to deny taking on the part of the Time Lord.
Olly said he was surprised to be supposedly announced as the Doctor in reports last year, and denied it outright during a new interview with the Guardian.
‘It genuinely was news to me,’ he said. ‘I definitely am not Doctor Who, and I’m not going to be Doctor Who. Promise!’
He added: ‘It’s not happening! I can tell you I’m definitely not doing it.’
It comes after Olly previously said he would like his It’s a Sin co-star Omari Douglas to play the lead part in the series and take over from Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who.
Meanwhile, Russell T Davies has responded to calls to replace Jodie with Lydia Wes (another It’s a Sin star) in Doctor Who.
With the actress set to leave in 2022, the search is on for her replacement – and even Jodie herself has said Lydia would be her top choice.
Speculation is rife over the next Time Lord, and Michael Sheen ruled himself out of the job when speaking to Metro.co.uk.
Russell, who returns to the helm of Doctor Who for its 60th anniversary, confirmed auditions are now underway, but stressed to the Guardian: ‘We have genuinely not cast anyone yet. We’re just starting auditions.’
The first of Jodie’s final three episodes kicked off on January 1, with the Doctor coming face-to-face with the most terrifying enemy, the Daleks.
The second special airs in spring and Jodie’s final feature-length special, in which the Thirteenth Doctor will regenerate, will transmit in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations.
Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer