A BBC employee has “reassured” a concerned fan that there are “no plans” for Doctor Who to become a woman.
The BBC is currently in the process of hiring a new lead for the show, after it was announced that Peter Capaldi was leaving.
Amongst those rumoured to be playing the role were Kris Marshall, Tom Rosenthal and David Harewood. A number of female actors were also linked to the role, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Coleman and Tilda Swinton.
However, the Sun reported that BBC complaints officer Joanne Coyne confirmed to a fan that they had no plans to hire a woman into the role.
Coyne wrote: “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.”
The BBC has since been forced to confirm, “no casting decisions have yet been made” for the new series of the hit show.
Capaldi’s Doctor is set to regenerate at the end of this year along with his sidekick Pearl Mackie and the show’s writer, Steven Moffat.