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BBC bosses have made no decisions over next Doctor Who's gender

BBC bosses are yet to make a decision over who will play Doctor Who following Peter Capaldi's exit.

Capaldi recently announced he would be stepping down as the 12th TV Time Lord at the end of this year (17), prompting mass speculation about his successor.

It was rumoured that a woman could be enlisted to be the next Doctor, with Tilda Swinton among the favourites to take on the role. Suranne Jones and Vicky McClure’s name have also been thrown into the hat.

However it was reported that BBC chiefs had decided against casting an actress in the role for the first time following comments made in a letter response to a fan, but a BBC spokesperson has now shot down these new claims.

"No casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11,” they told Cover Media.

Outgoing executive producer Steven Moffat had previously said he was behind a gender change for the new Time Lord.

"I think the next time might be a female Doctor," he said last year (16). "I don't see why not."

Meanwhile, Billie Piper, who played Doctor Who's former companion Rose, alongside David Tennant, said she would consider it a "snub" if the next Doctor wasn't a woman.

"I've always supported the original format but I don't know where they can go from here," she told the BBC. "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."

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