In the world of ‘Doctor Who’, all eyes are currently on incoming show boss Chris Chibnall, with speculation over whether he will cast the first female Time Lord mounting by the minute.
The ‘Broadchurch’ writer has just taken over at the helm of the BBC show and his first task is finding a new actor to play The Doctor, to replace Peter Capaldi later this year.
And with fans questioning whether a female lead could be making her way into the Tardis, he’s now spoken out, insisting that he’ll be making the decision very carefully.
Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Press, he explains: “I haven’t got my feet under the table yet. I have been working on the play [new production ‘Worst Wedding Ever’] and I am still finishing the latest series of ‘Broadchurch’.”
“Nothing is ruled out but I don’t want the casting to be a gimmick and that’s all I can say.”
With ‘Broadchurch’ now back, Chris can make ‘Doctor Who’ his priority and if he needs any advice, former stars of the show have not been shy in revealing who they would pick for the role.
Peter Capaldi is proof that an older star can be perfect in the show's lead role, and anything that means we get more Helen in our lives can only be a good thing.
Janelle has only just turned her hand to acting, but as anyone who has seen 'Hidden Figures' can confirm, she's certainly something special.
Might the BBC be aiming a little high if they tried to sign up the Screen Actors' Guild award winner? Yes. Does that mean they shouldn't try? Absolutely not.
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We're still disappointed that Rebecca's show 'Boy Meets Girl' won't be returning, but landing this role would make up for it.
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Vicky has proved she's got what it takes to tackle huge roles, thanks to her parts in 'This Is England' and 'Line Of Duty', but we'd love to see her take on something with a fun side.
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Jenna served as the Doctor's loyal assistant for three years, but in the world of science fiction, anything is possible and we're sure the writing team could cleverly come up with a way to put her front and centre.
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Samira is no stranger to television, having starred as Poussey Washington in four seasons of 'Orange Is The New Black'.
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We haven't seen enough of Joanne since 'Downton Abbey' came to an end, and the Tardis would certainly be a departure from the drab and dingy servant's quarters her character Anna was used to.
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2017 is being billed as Susan's breakthrough year, but her CV is already more-than-impressive, thanks to roles in shows such as 'Misfits', and films 'Burn, Burn, Burn' and 'The Inbetweeners 2'.
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Sian made her mark on 2017's 'Sherlock', playing a master of disguise. Quite frankly, if she can morph into four different personas with such ease, the role of the Time Lord would be a walk in the park.
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Antonia is another star who found fame on E4, playing the feisty Alisha in 'Misfits' - which also gave her a taste for the perils of time travel.
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Multi-award winning actress Olivia also made the bookies' shortlist, with odds of 20/1.
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Hayley was vocal about the fact she wanted the role back in August 2015. Her comments came at an interesting time, as 'Doctor Who' writer AL Kennedy had just claimed that the Doctor should never be a woman.
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When Capaldi announced his decision to step down from the role, bookies soon named Lara the female favourite for the role, offering odds of 10/1.