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Jenna Coleman to be replaced by male actor?

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Jenna Coleman to be replaced by male actor?

Mark Gatiss says Jenna Coleman could be replaced by a man on 'Doctor Who'.

The 48-year-old writer thinks it would be "very interesting" for the Doctor, currently played by Peter Capaldi, to have "a male companion" once the 29-year-old actress, who plays Clara Oswald, leaves the sci-fi series after its current season.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the Attitude Awards in London, he said: "I've always been a fan of the boy/girl partnership from way back when.

"It would be very interesting if the Doctor had a male companion... but then it would be a very male show."

But Mark also claims he would be "delighted" if the Doctor becomes a woman in the future, as he believes it would help to keep the show fresh.

He said: "I think the dynamic then would be really interesting. It would be great.

"'Doctor Who' is always driven on change. All you need is a fantastic actor for the part - but I hope Capaldi stays for a very long time because he's great."

Mark thinks Peter, 57, who succeeded Matt Smith in the role in 2013, has really "grown into" the part.

He added: "I love the way people have responded to this series, and I love the two-parters as well."