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Kris Marshall is frontrunner for Doctor Who companion role - report

The BBC have hit back at criticism of their casting of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor.

Kris Marshall is reportedly the main contender to star as the companion to Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who.

The former Death in Paradise star was one of the names linked to the Time Lord role following Peter Capaldi's announcement that he would be stepping away from the Tardis later this year (17).

But, following the BBC's announcement that Jodie would be making history by becoming the first-ever female Doctor, Kris' fans despaired that he had missed out on the top spot.

However, a new report in Britain's The Sun newspaper suggests that Kris could still be involved in the next series of the much-loved sci-fi show - as the Doctor's assistant.

"Kris is a big fan of the show and the BBC are a big fan of his," a source told the publication. If he did land the part, Kris would follow in the footsteps of former companions including Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, Jenna Coleman and current assistant Pearl Mackie, who is set to leave the show after just one season.

When contacted by The Sun, a spokesperson for the BBC insisted a decision on the companion casting has yet to be made.

The news of Kris' potential new gig comes after the BBC hit back at those who criticised Jodie landing the role of the Doctor.

"The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender," the statement read.

"As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor. We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story."

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