Doctor Who bosses are reportedly hoping to replace Jodie Whittaker with an actor of colour.
The British actress, who was the first woman to play the Time Lord, confirmed she would be leaving the show in 2022 along with showrunner Chris Chibnall in a statement on Thursday.
Now, attention has turned to who could replace her when Doctor Who regenerates, and TV insiders have told The Sun that BBC executives are keen for the next Doctor to be a person of colour.
"The team behind Doctor Who have always seen the sci-fi series as one of the most progressive shows on TV and this would only cement that," they said. "It would be a momentous decision, particularly as in 2023 as the series celebrates its 60th anniversary.
"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."
According to the report, I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel is the frontrunner as Jodie's replacement, while other actors who have been considered include Informer star Nabhaan Rizwan and Innocent actress Priyanga Burford.
Olly Alexander, who starred in It's A Sin and is the frontman of Years & Years, was previously linked to the role, but his management denied the speculation, insisting he was focusing on music.
Jodie, who has played the Thirteenth Doctor since 2017, will appear in a six-part series this autumn and three specials next year before she steps down from the role.