Doctor Who star John Barrowman has voiced his support for a transgender actor taking over the lead role in the long-running sci-fi drama.
Rumours emerged at the start of the year that current star Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) could exit the show next series, as The Doctor regenerates into yet another new form.
And now Barrowman, best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness on the series and its mature spin-off Torchwood, has called for the producers to "make another leap" by choosing an LGBTQ+ actor for the role.
"I’d love to see a transgender Doctor. I think that would be awesome," he told Metro.co.uk.
Alternatively, he suggested that an "androgynous, gender non-specific person" would be a good fit for the title character, arguing the time is right for a diverse choice.
Barrowman added: "We have had LGBTQ+ representation on the TARDIS. During Peter Capaldi’s reign, we had a character who was a lesbian [Pearl Mackie's Bill Potts]. So yeah, we’ve had them, why not have a Doctor the same?"
Previously, Barrowman has suggested Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander for the gig, who recently wowed critics and audiences alike with his moving performance in Russell T Davies' It's A Sin, which featured a faux Doctor Who episode.
The series will consist of only eight episodes in total, down from the recent standard of 10, due to production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.