Olly Alexander sets those Doctor Who rumors straight
Rumors were swirling around the internet yesterday as reports were pegging singer and actor Olly Alexander as the net Time Lord.
The Years and Years singer, who won critical acclaim for his debut performance in Russell T Davies‘ Channel 4 drama It’s a Sin, which followed a group of young gay friends living in London during the AIDs crisis, is believed to be at an “advanced stage” in negotiations with BBC bosses.
It comes after Russell, who was also previously a writer and producer on Doctor Who, suggested that Olly would be great in the role.
A source told The Sun: “Olly is on the verge of being announced as the new Doctor. Negotiations are at an advanced stage.
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“He’s been heavily promoted for the role by Russell — who he’s worked closely with on other projects. Russell was impressed with his work and felt he was a great fit for the Doctor.”
They added that it was “definitely happening” and that Olly has “had to keep quiet” about it during negotiations.
However, none of that is apparently true. In a playful statement posted on Instagram, Alexander’s agent Martha Kinn said: “Even though Olly is often contacted by Cybermen, I’m afraid I have to exterminate this speculation. As nice as it is to see interest in this story regenerate, it just isn’t true. As Ood as it might sound, Olly is focusing on his music, for the time being.”
The references to the Daleks, Cybermen, and Ood will not be lost on Whovians. Below is a screengrab of the statement:
The current Doctor is played by Jodie Whittaker. There is still no confirmation that she is stepping down from the role.
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