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Billie Piper Says The Time Is Now For A Female ‘Doctor Who’

'Given the spirit of the world at the moment... I think it would be timely.'

31/01/2017 15:33 GMT | Updated 01/02/2017 06:57 GMT

Former ‘Doctor Who’ star Billie Piper says it’s time for a woman to take on the lead role in the BBC sci-fi series.

The actress’s comments come after Peter Capaldi confirmed the next series of ‘Doctor Who’, due later this year, would be his last playing the Time Lord.

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Billie Piper

Billie, who played the Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler between 2005 and 2008, says it would “feel like a snub” if a woman wasn’t cast in the role.

She told the BBC: “I’ve always supported the original format but I don’t know where they can go from here.

“I think it would be great [to have a female Doctor] given the spirit of the world at the moment. I think it would be timely”.

But despite her comments, it doesn’t sound like Billie will be throwing her hat into the ring.

“I don’t know,” she said. “It’s a lot of work. It would be a lot of time in Cardiff.”

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Billie as Rose, with former Doctor, Christopher Eccleston

Billie’s views are supported by Labour’s former Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman, who said she also believed the next Doctor should be a woman.

Speaking at a Press Gallery lunch in the Commons on Tuesday, she said: “He was excellent, Peter Capaldi. Of course there should be a female Doctor Who but what we need is a man as her assistant. She’s got to tell him what to do.”

Peter Capaldi made the shock announcement that he was stepping down from his role as the Doctor during an interview with Jo Whiley on her BBC Radio 2 show on Monday.

“I feel it’s time to move on,” he told her.

“I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on.

“I can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”

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Off to pastures new: Peter Capaldi

The Glasgow-born star, who is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, said his final ever scenes will air at Christmas, but reassured fans that he was still Doctor Who at the moment, as filming was still underway.

The new series is set to return to BBC One in April.

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