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Capaldi Wants The Next Doctor Who Star To Be A Woman

Peter Capaldi is officially out as Doctor Who at the end of the upcoming season, but he has a recommendation for who should take his place.

The actor told The Mirror he would recommend veteran actress Frances de la Tour take up the mantle as the show's 13th Doctor once he leaves the TARDIS behind. Tour is likely best known to genre fans for playing Madame Olympe Maxime in the Harry Potter film franchise. She's also had memorable roles in The Book of Eli and Alice in Wonderland. Fans have been clamoring for a female Doctor for years, and the show recently confirmed in-canon that Time Lord's can regenerate in different genders, so it's certainly possible. If nothing else, it seems Capaldi has joined the throngs of fans wanting to see the decades-old sci-fi series shake up its formula.

Though Capaldi is pulling for a female actress, he obviously doesn't get to choose his successor — and there are already a few leading candidates rumored to be up for the gig. Sadly for Capaldi, Tour isn't on the short list. Early reports say new showrunner Chris Chibnall is courting Andrew Buchan to play the next Doctor, since he's worked with him on Broadchurch the past several years. Another Broadchurch alum, Olivia Colman, has also been floated as a potential candidate. Outside of the Broadchurch circle, Ben Whishaw also seems to be a leading contender. Whishaw is likely best known for playing Q in the recent run of James Bond films.

Other potential candidates being floated in the media include Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Ben Daniels (House of Cards), Jason Flemyng (Snatch) and even the potential return of former Doctor Who alum Matt Smith.

Who would you like to see step into the TARDIS next?