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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Dr Who: will a woman be the new Time Lord?

Who will be the 13th Dr Who? We look at the likely candidates

It's almost time. As all self-respecting sci-fi fans now know, the climax of today's Wimbledon men's singles final will be marked not just with a winner's ceremony but with a time-twisting revelation that's even more momentous.

As soon as either Roger Federer or Marin Cilic receives their trophy, TV's longest-running sci-fi show will steal their thunder by announcing the identity of the new Dr Who.

The news was confirmed by the long-running BBC series' Twitter page.

So who is about hold the keys to the Tardis? Speculation about the identity of the 13th Time Lord has reached fever pitch in anticipation of the announcement, fueled by the possibility that the new time traveller might turn out be a woman.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, A-list Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton and Olivia Colman, who played Waller-Bridge's mother in the darkly comic Fleabag, all appeared to be in the mix following the finale of the show's 10th series, which ended at the beginning of July but the latest front-runners for the role include Kris Marshall, the star of the BBC series Death in Paradise and Broadchurch's Jodie Whittaker.

Whichever actor is chosen as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor, they will replace Peter Capaldi during the show's forthcoming Christmas special, when the former Thick of It star will step down after 3 series and 39 episodes in the role.