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BBC rule out having a female Doctor Who after Peter Capaldi's exit

BBC rule out having a female Doctor Who after Peter Capaldi's exit

Rumor had it the Tardis would finally see a woman step up to the iconic console.

Many had predicted that a female actor would take over, with the likes of Tilda Swinton, Olivia Coleman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge being regularly mentioned in connection with the soon-to-be vacant part.

But a BBC employee has squashed all hopes, it seems.

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Next Doctor Who won't be a woman, BBC 'assures' concerned fan

In response, Joanne Coyne, the BBC complaints officer (which is a real thing, and not just a fictitious job title from W1a, that presumably exists exclusively for these sorts of purposes), responded to the "fan" that there are "currently no plans" for a female Doctor Who.

However, a member of the BBC complaints team denied that a female Doctor was in the pipeline after a man wrote in complaining that a switch in gender for the Doctor would "confuse" his children.

Joanne Coyne, a complaints officer for the BBC, wrote the complainant back to assure him.

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"Be assured there are now no plans to have a female Doctor Who".

However, a BBC spokesperson has since brushed off the controversy, saying:"No casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11".

The BBC reportedly ruled out an actress being chosen as the thirteenth Doctor on the cult sci-fi series while replying to a complaint from a viewer.

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He said while playing the timelord was "a great job", the tight schedule and the intense workload were the root for his decision.

It had been assumed that the identity of the new Doctor would be left until the upcoming Christmas special in December, but trailers for the tenth series indicate that the reveal might be made sooner than that.

'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'.

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