Playing doctor

Could the new ‘Doctor Who’ be an out gay man? (Yes, he could.)

Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw, in the trailer for 2014’s “Lilting.” Via YouTube Screenshot.

Peter Capaldi announced this week that he will end his run in the role of The Doctor in the BBC television show “Doctor Who” at the end of the 2017 season, making way for a new actor to take on the iconic part.

Capaldi has been playing The Doctor since 2013.

Bookies have placed odds on openly gay actor Ben Whishaw to replace Capaldi, reports Gay Times.

Related: “Coronation Street” actor Rob Mallard comes out as gay

This is not the first time fans have expected Whishaw to win the part, as many expected he would take over for Matt Smith back in 2013.

In those years, he has instead starred in a number of films and television projects, including the BBC Two drama “London Spy,” for which he won a BAFTA nomination for best actor, and the films “Lilting,” “The Lobster,” and “The Danish Girl.”

Related: An interview with Hong Khaou, the writer and director of “Lilting” 

He came out publicly in 2013, and announced at the same time that he was in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, which they entered into in 2012.

Watch Whishaw in action in the video below.