‘Doctor Who’ race to be the 13th Doctor down to final two contenders?

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A late contender has reportedly entered the shortlist to replace Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who.

Capaldi’s final scenes as the Doctor will air this Christmas in Steven Moffat’s last episode as showrunner, but the actor playing the new Doctor is expected to be announced fairly soon.

Now Fortitude actor Luke Treadaway is being tipped to replace Capaldi, according to the Radio Times.

The 32-year-old from Exeter recently starred in British film A Street Cat Named Bob and won an Olivier Award for his performance in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2013 (yep, that’s the same play that new companion actress Pearl Mackie was spotted in).

Treadaway’s main competition for the role is apparently Sacha Dhawan.

The 33-year-old Greater Manchester-born actor is already familiar to Doctor Who fans after appearing in Mark Gatiss’s 2013 drama An Adventure in Space and Time, playing original Doctor Who director Waris Hussein.

More recently he’s appeared in Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, following roles in Line of Duty, In the Club, 24Mr Selfridge and Not Safe for Work.

Dhawan has openly admitted that he’s keen to play the Doctor, commenting: “Oh my God, I’d absolutely love to. I SO would love to.”

The rumours that 44-year-old former Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall had been cast as the Thirteenth Doctor appear to have died down, suggesting that he is no longer a contender or perhaps never was.

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