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Darvill backs Helen Mirren to be 12th Doctor

1 of 1 Arthur Darvill with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan during their TARDIS Time together
Arthur Darvill with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan during their TARDIS Time together

Former Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill has backed Helen Mirren to be cast as the next Doctor.

The BBC has not ruled out casting a woman as the 12th incarnation of The Doctor once Matt Smith leaves the series at the end of the year.

Oscar winner Mirren has emerged as a frontrunner and this week she said that it is "absolutely time" for a woman to play the Doctor after 50 years of men playing the famed sci-fi role.

"I suppose it could be a woman," Darvill told Anglophenia. "I don't know. I think it is a male part, though I think it's just about the person.

"I'd love to see Dame Helen [Mirren] do it - best of luck to whoever gets it, though,” added the actor who played Rory Williams, husband of Amy Pond and assistant to Matt Smith’s Doctor.

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