The BBC have been forced to reassure fans that ‘no casting decisions have yet been made’ for the upcoming series of Doctor Who after a complaints officer for the corporation went rogue and told a fan that there would most definitely not be a female Doctor.
The rumours surrounding who would take over from Peter Capaldi at the end of the current series have included many names including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Natalie Dormer.
But one fan complained to the BBC, suggesting that the gender switch would confuse his young children, and a BBC complaints officer named Joanne Coyne replied to reassure the fan.
‘We appreciate that you’re a big Doctor Who fan and you have concerns that the programme would change should there be a female doctor. Be assured there are currently no plans to have a female Doctor Who,’ she wrote.
She also reportedly told the fan that their worries would be passed on to senior managers including ‘the Doctor Who team’.
Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall has reportedly been handed the keys to the TARDIS already after being cast as the thirteenth Doctor but names still in the running – according to the bookies – include Tilda Swinton, Olivia Colman, and Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
A BBC spokesperson told Metro.co.uk that ‘no casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11’.
Peter confirmed he was leaving the long-running drama because ‘it’s a bit of a television factory’
The 59-year-old actor admitted: ‘Doctor Who is a great job but it’s a bit of a television factory, you do twelve episodes a year. I just worry that I wouldn’t be able to continue doing my best work because I like to be able to learn the lines and do some preparation and come in and give it the vigor and fun and not hate it.’