As Peter Capaldi quits as the Doctor, who could fill his shoes?
Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has decided to quit his role as the Time Lord – sparking speculation about who will take on the plum TV role.
Could this mean that the show finally gets a female lead? The bookies favourites are Bond star Ben Whishaw and former IT Crowd actor Richard Ayoade.
Outgoing executive producer Steven Moffat has suggested a future regeneration of the Doctor could also be a woman, previously saying: “I think the next time might be a female Doctor. I don’t see why not.”
Michelle Gomez was the first female incarnation of the Doctor’s nemesis Missy, formerly the Master.
Here are some of the actors and actresses who could be in line for the top sci-fi role.
The actor, who played tech wizard Q in Bond blockbusters Spectre and Skyfall, has previously been mentioned as a leading contender for the role and is the bookies’ favourite.
New Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall has been working with Colman on his other show, Broadchurch. MP Yvette Cooper is among her fans, once saying that seeing the award-winning actress playing the Doctor would be “ace”.
The comedian, actor and director earned legions of fans and a TV Bafta for his portrayal of lovable geek Maurice Moss in hit Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd.
The Agent Carter and Captain America actress has previously said she would love the role.
Asked by a fan whether she would like to appear in the BBC sci-fi series, she tweeted in 2015: “I’d like to be Doctor Who”.
The 38-year-old, who has appeared in several Bond films, said in 2013 he had never watched Doctor Who and had no idea what it was all about, but was once tipped to take over from Matt Smith as the Doctor.
Could the actress, who previously played companion Rose Tyler, return as the Time Lord?
The Cutting It actor once said he had been approached, adding: “I was asked, and when I eventually managed to peel myself off the ceiling, I said, ‘Yeah, of course it’d be something I’d be interested in doing’, and I was hugely excited by it.”
The ex-Homeland star would be the first non-white lead in the hit drama. “It would be very exciting if the phone rang. I doubt it somehow,” he has said.
The ex-Harry Potter star was tipped as a possible replacement for Matt Smith in 2013.