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Doctor Who fans have been eagerly awaiting for the BBC to reveal whether or not Jodie Whittaker is leaving the show and who her replacement could be. There have been a lot of rumours floating about as to who could replace the Time Lord, including the likes of Death In Paradise star Kris Marshall and It’s A Sin’s Olly Alexander. However, now Mandip has teased that Jodie’s replacement could be a woman of colour.

Mandip was cast in the 11th series of Doctor Who in 2017.  She joined the star-studded line-up as a companion to the 13th Doctor Who, Jodie.

She also got to work with her former Hollyoaks colleague Tosin Cole, who plays Ryan Sinclair, another of the Doctor’s companions.

Speaking on Meera Syal’s Radio 4 series, Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar, Mandip opened up about her time on Doctor Who.

She also went in to discuss who could replace Jodie if the rumours of her leaving are true.

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The actress began by explaining “she couldn’t believe her luck” when she was cast for the BBC drama.

“I’d filmed Casualty the January before and that was in the same building,” she said.

 “We were at the top of the hallway and when I finished Casualty they walked us to the canteen, they were like ‘don’t go in that door, that’s for the Doctor Who people.

“There and then I thought I’d never be in Doctor Who… Cut to six, seven months later, you know what, I’m like ‘Don’t go up there… that’s for Casualty’.”

Meera went on to ask Mandip whether she thinks a woman of colour will ever play Doctor Who.

She continued: “Yeah, I do. I think there’s a long way to go but there’s definitely room for change.

“And actually I think at the BBC and at Doctor Who they are very open and forward-thinking, so yes.”

Mandip’s prediction could become reality as another name rumoured to replace Jodie is Jo Martin, who played the Fugitive Doctor in the hit BBC series.

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Jo first appeared in series 12, playing Ruth Clayton, a tourist guide who is later revealed to be an incarnation of the Doctor.

She became the second woman to play the character and made show history as the first black Doctor.

The Holby City star reprised her role in the series finale titled The Timeless Children.

Jo has also been hotly tipped by the bookies to replace Jodie – if she does end up leaving the show.

When asked by the Radio Times if she would like to return to the series, Jo replied: “Of course, of course.

“What’s not to like about that? I would absolutely love it. And they’ve got John Bishop there now, haven’t they? I’m a big fan of his. I want a scene with him.”

Jo went on to tell the publication that she feels there is a much bigger story to tell with Doctor Who that “we’ve not fully explored yet”.

She continued: “You don’t want to waste that costume. You know what I mean? That costume, it’s a real waste of costume because it’s so swaggy, as they say. So I think that costume needs to get worn again by me.”

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar, Wednesday March 17, at 6.30pm on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

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