09/07/2013 08:10 BST

'Doctor Who': Olivia Colman Plays Down Rumours She's Set To Replace Matt Smith

Olivia Colman has played down reports she's set to take over from Matt Smith on 'Doctor Who'.

The 'Broadchurch' star has been linked to the role since Matt announced he was quitting last month, but has told fans 'not to put money on' her becoming the next Time Lord.

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She told Radio Times: "My brother sent me a text saying, 'Congratulations, they've released odds on you being the new Doctor Who' - which we thought was very funny.

"It's all on Twitter, isn't it? I don't have Twitter. It is all on Twitter, isn't it?"

She added: "No-one's ever asked me about it. I assume they would have to ask me for it to be true."

Helen Mirren recently called for a female to land the role, after she was also linked to the part.

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Denying rumours she was set for the TARDIS, she told 'Daybreak' earlier this month: "I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who, no, no, no, absolutely not, I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that.

"But I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all."

Rory Kinnear, David Harewood and Julian Rhind-Tutt have all been rumoured as possible replacements on the BBC sci-fi series.

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