Doctor Who bosses are reportedly ‘keen to cast an actor of colour’ to replace Jodie Whittaker.
The BBC executives believe it will be a ‘step forward with diversity’ and, so far, Michaela Coel, 33, Nabhaan Rizwan, 24, and Priyanga Burford, 36, are all in the running.
An insider told The Sun: “It would be a momentous decision, particularly as in 2023 the series celebrates its 60th anniversary.
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“Producers now care less about the age or gender of whoever takes on the part than they do about this move – which would be a real step forward for diversity.”
Rumours of Whittaker’s exit began back in January of this year.
Many fans of the show then took to social media and said Jo Martin should take over the role, as she was the 14th iteration of the character in a two-part episode.
The Holby City star became the first black Time Lord and was an unknown Doctor. So afterwards, viewers of the show insisted that this meant she would be the ‘obvious’ person to pick.
A showrunner, who will be leaving alongside Whittaker, claimed that he enjoyed Martin’s depiction of the character and denied that she was a part of any ‘parallel universe’.
He explained: “The important thing to say is – she is definitively the Doctor, there’s not a sort of parallel universe going on, there are no tricks.
“Jo Martin is the Doctor, that’s why we gave her the credit at the end which all new Doctors have the first time you see them.”
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