Doctor Who's Matt Smith has given his own suggestion as to who should replace Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor and he may as well have pulled it out of the Sorting Hat.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Smith was asked who should lead the next series, to which he responded: "You know who I think would be a brilliant Doctor Who… Rhys Ifans. Rhys would be sort of cool.
"I don't know if we've had a Welshman yet. I'm backing Rhys!"
Ifans is not new to big franchises. He is best known to Harry Potter fans for his role as Luna Lovegood's father, Xenophilius in Deathly Hallows Part 1, while Marvel fans will know him as Dr Curt Connors, aka The Lizard, in The Amazing Spider-Man.
While the actor will next be seen later this year in The King’s Man, alongside Stanley Tucci, Ralph Fiennes and Colin Firth and The Phantom of the Open, with Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins, both projects have wrapped filming so Ifans' schedule might be clear enough to take on a new role.
Smith – who played the Eleventh Doctor on the series – will next be seen in the upcoming psychological horror Last Night in Soho alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie.
Whittaker, who was the first woman to take on the titular role in the iconic BBC sci-fi series, will bow out together with its showrunner Chris Chibnall at the end of the current series.
Whittaker and Chibnall will leave in a trio of specials, culminating in a final feature-length adventure to air in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.
We'll have to wait and see whether having a former Doctor vouching for him will push Ifans ahead in this fierce competition.
Doctor Who airs on BBC One in the UK. In the US, the show airs on BBC America, with series 1-12 available on HBO Max. Series 13 is due to premiere later this year.