James Nesbitt is one of the favourites to take over as the doctor
Coleraine actor James Nesbitt has emerged as one of the favourites to take over the keys for the tardis following David Tennant's announcement that he is stepping down from the role.
Bookmakers Paddy Power are offering odds of 6-1 on the Murphy's Law star becoming the 11th Dr Who in 2010.
Other names being mooted for the role include Paterson Joseph, John Simm and David Morrisey.
However, Nesbitt's friendship with Steven Moffat, who has taken over as lead writer and executive producer of the show has many pundits backing the Northern Irish man to land the coveted role.
Tennant said the role had been "bewildering, life changing, exciting"
Nesbitt and Moffat also previously worked together on the hit BBC drama, Jekyll.
Tennant announced that he was standing down from the role after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.
"When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me," he said.
"Now don't make me cry, I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don't take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you'll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair."