The BBC has played down speculation that a new companion for Doctor Who has been selected.
Peter Capaldi’s remarks to a South American outlet had been interpreted as suggesting that the Doctor’s new assistant had been recruited with the Scottish-born actor set to be paired with a replacement for Jenna Coleman.
The Blackpool-born actress left the long-running sci-fi series in 2015.
“Peter gave an interview to a South American outlet called Omelete because he is on a South American press tour promoting season nine of Doctor Who at the moment,” the spokeswoman said.
However, the spokeswoman could not comment on whether the new Doctor Who companion has been cast.
After the Omelete story was picked up in the UK, it sparked a good deal of speculation on social media.
One Twitter user offered a theory that the forthcoming companion could be John Malkovich.
Capaldi, 57, had appeared in the American’s 1988 blockbuster movie Dangerous Liaisons.
Another fan tweeted congratulations to former EastEnders actress Rakhee Thakrar.
The 32-year-old is thought to be a favourite for the role.
The 10th series of Doctor Who since it was revived in 2005 will be broadcast in 2017.
It will be the last set of episodes from current producer and showrunner Steven Moffat.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will take over in 2018.