Former Doctor Who favourite Kris Marshall is being tipped to play the Doctor's assistant following the reveal of Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord.
An insider told The Sun: 'Kris is a big fan of the show and the BBC are a big fan of his', as fans await the announcement following the groundbreaking reveal of the first ever female doctor earlier in the week.
He said: 'I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice.
'Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away.
Twitter user David Stephens said: 'Sorry this is so called equality, women's rights, political correctness gone mad-Dr Who was written/created as a man!
End of.' Clive Walton agreed, writing on his Twitter page: 'No the character is a man not a woman!
She said: 'I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. Right, she is pictured with her husband Christian Contreras It will see the actress team up with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall on the hit sci-fi series as he takes over from Steven Moffat as executive producer.
Explaining how she won the part, she said: 'We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about Broadchurch.'And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie.
Before adding excitedly: 'It feels incredible.'She then reassured fans to not be afraid of the change - affirming that the show itself will not alter in any way despite being fronted by a female.
'Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change,' she said, adding: 'The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.'While many praised the BBC and the show's writers for choosing a female actress, others slammed the decision as 'political correctness gone mad'.
The 44-year-old Death In Paradise star was previously in the lead for the role before viewers were delighted to hear of the arrival of the first ever female lead.