Danny Dyer is seen for the first time since announcing EastEnders exit

Danny Dyer is seen for the first time since announcing EastEnders exit as he returns to set in Bentley… after bookies slash odds on him becoming the next Doctor Who

Danny Dyer was spotted returning to work on Friday for the first time since announcing he is leaving EastEnders after nine years on the soap. 

The actor, 44, drove his black Bentley to the set in London as he prepared to film scenes as Mick Carter. 

It comes as Danny  was named as one of the front runners to take over the role of Doctor Who from Jodie Whittaker. 

Moving on: Danny Dyer was spotted returning to work on Friday for the first time after he was named as one of the front runners to take over the role of Doctor Who from Jodie Whittaker

Show fans are betting on Jodie, 39, being replaced by Danny when she leaves the show this autumn. 

Danny sat behind the wheel of his black motor as he drove into the Elstree studios in Hertfordshire.

The screen star cut a casual figure inside his vehicle in a grey jacket while he had a serious look on his face. 

Next move? Show fans are betting on Jodie, 39, being replaced by Danny, 44, when she leaves the show this autumn

Next move? Show fans are betting on Jodie, 39, being replaced by Danny, 44, when she leaves the show this autumn

Screen star: While he announced he was leaving his role as Mick Carter on EastEnders after nine years last week, it was back to work as he arrived for filming in his lavish Bentley today

Screen star: While he announced he was leaving his role as Mick Carter on EastEnders after nine years last week, it was back to work as he arrived for filming in his lavish Bentley today

On a roll: Danny could be seen sat behind the wheel of his black motor as he drove into the Elstree studios in Hertfordshire

Following Danny’s announcement he is quitting EastEnders, bookmakers has slashed his odds from 66/1 to 16/ 1. 

On how the odds on the next Doctor Who have dramatically changed since his announcement, a spokeswoman for Ladbrokes told The Sun: ‘Danny may be not be the archetypal actor to portray the Doctor but that’s just why he might be the perfect choice to make a big change on the show.

‘He’s all the rage with punters and has already said he wants to take on different roles.

‘So we could see him swapping The Queen Vic for the Tardis — and we’ve slashed our odds accordingly.’

Departure: Jodie will leave Doctor Who later this year and following Danny's announcement his is leaving EastEnders, bookmakers has slashed his odds from 66/1 to 16/ 1

Departure: Jodie will leave Doctor Who later this year and following Danny’s announcement his is leaving EastEnders, bookmakers has slashed his odds from 66/1 to 16/ 1

Earlier this week, Danny admitted he had wanted to quit EastEnders ‘for a while’ as he spoke out for the first time since announcing his departure from the soap. 

Speaking on his Sorted With The Dyers podcast, he said: ‘When you’re in a job like a soap your contract comes up for renewal and every time it has they’ve asked me to stay, and I’m very grateful for that. Because I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. It’s very tough.  

‘I always debate whether I want to sign again and I’ve been contemplating a while now about whether it’s time to roll the dice, take the leap.  

Moving on: The actor is leaving his role as Mick Carter on the BBC series after nine years and said he now wants to try other things

Moving on: The actor is leaving his role as Mick Carter on the BBC series after nine years and said he now wants to try other things

‘The big news is I’ve decided not to renew my contract. That’s all. That’s not because I’ve fallen out with anybody, I love everybody. That job has been amazing for me. It’s an important part of television.’

The soap star insisted there’s no ‘big story’ behind his departure, other than he wants to try other things.  

It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role.

She told Radio 1’s Vick Hope and Jordan North: ‘If we had the power to choose I’m going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West. If I had the power!’

Lydia is bookmaker Coral’s favourite to replace Jodie at 3-1 odds, while Fisayo Akinade and Omari Douglas (both 5-1) are joint second favourites and Olly Alexander comes next in the betting at 6-

New: It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role. She said: 'If we had the power to choose I'm going to pick an actress called Lydia West'; Lydia pictured 2021

New: It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role. She said: ‘If we had the power to choose I’m going to pick an actress called Lydia West’; Lydia pictured 2021

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