Doctor Who: BBC to reveal new actor or actress to replace Peter Capaldi after Wimbledon men's final on Sunday

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The secret identity of the new Doctor Who is to be unveiled on Sunday after the Wimbledon men’s final, the BBC has said.

Fans of the popular science fiction show have been forced to wait since January for an announcement about who will succeed Peter Capaldi as the next Time Lord.

The next Doctor Who will be the 13th Time Lord in the long-running BBC TV programme.

A trailer featuring the number 13 was shown during coverage of the Wimbledon tennis clash between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych on Friday with the caption: “Meet the 13th Doctor after the Wimbledon men’s final, Sunday 16th July.”

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, 59, has played the iconic character for three series of Doctor Who after being cast in 2013.

He announced in January he would be stepping down.


Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. (BBC)

Among the bookies’ favourites to play the next Doctor is Kris Marshall, at 10/11 on Coral, and Fleabag creator and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge second at 9/4.

Jodie Whittaker (4/1), Michaela Coel (8/1), Tilda Swinton (10/1), Natalie Dormer (12/1), Tom Rosenthal (14/1) and David Harewood (14/1) are also in the running.

Coral’s John Hill said: “Over 80 per cent of the bets we have taken in this market in the last 48 hours have been for Kris Marshall, who is now odds-on to be confirmed as the next Time Lord.”

Capaldi said last week his regeneration as the Time Lord will be “more complicated than recent ones”.

The actor will step down from the role after the Christmas special but, in an interview with Radio Times magazine, the actor warned it will not be an easy process.

The men’s Wimbledon final coverage begins at 2pm on Sunday.

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