Tilda Swinton backed as next ‘Doctor Who’

Peter Capaldi recently announced his exit from the BBC series

Former Doctor Who actor Paul McGann has urged the BBC to recruit Tilda Swinton for the lead role after Peter Capaldi steps down.

McGann, who played the eighth Doctor in 1996, took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the role.

He wrote: “Imagine Capaldi regenerating into…” below a picture of Swinton.

The actress is no stranger to science fiction after she recently starred as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange.

Many fans recently shared their reactions to Capaldi announcing his departure as Doctor Who – with many calling for a female replacement.

The Thick Of It star revealed that Season 10 would be his last as the iconic time traveller in the Tardis.

“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” said Capaldi in a statement. “From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

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His departure also marks the final season with writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi,” added Moffat. “I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”