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Coleman: Doctor could be female

Jenna-Louise Coleman has insisted that there's no reason why the new Time Lord in Doctor Who shouldn't be a woman.

Matt Smith's departure from the hit BBC One sci-fi show has sparked speculation and controversy that his successor could be female.

Dame Helen Mirren, who has admitted she would leap at the chance, Bafta-winning Olivia Colman and funnywoman Miranda Hart have even been linked to the sought-after role.

But speaking at a recent awards ceremony, Jenna, who plays the Doctor's assistant Clara in the show, said she couldn't see the problem.

She said of a woman filling the role: "I'm not opposed to it. It's about story ideas and what works."

Asked about whether she could regenerate into the Doctor, Jenna, who has already signed up for the next series, admitted: "I don't even possibly know how that would work!"

Jenna said that she was glad that were still several episodes yet to film with Matt before he makes his exit from the show.

"We'd spoken about it so it wasn't a surprise. It's right for him. He's done three series," she said of his departure.

"Of course I'm sad and it's going to be difficult. We spend so much time on set together but we've still got a long way to go before he finishes filming."

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