LONDON – Idris Elba has emerged as the bookmaker’s favourite to take on the coveted role of The Doctor in the next season of the BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who.

β€œIt’s definitely Idris,” said a studio insider:

If it isn’t, there will be an outcry. He’s a black actor and the next Doctor has to be black, or a woman, otherwise the BBC will be heavily fined by the equalities commission.

Pictures of Elba wearing a scarf and eating Jelly Babies are already circulating on social media with fans reacting both positively and negatively to the news:

Idris can put his sonic screwdriver in my Tardis any day of the week.


I’m glad they’ve finally chosen a Doctor of African origin. However, Idris has a moustache and the Doctor cannot have a moustache!


It should have been a woman this time around. It can be a black guy next time and I really hope to see a Native American Doctor by 2036.


Elba and Chill?


I’d love to be his new ass-istant. Lolz


The Doctor is just one of many classic English roles Elba will be playing over the next few year including James Bond, Sharpe, Blackadder, Mr Darcy, Thomas Cromwell, Sherlock Holmes and Grant Mitchell from Eastenders.