Rumours are circulating today that Emma Watson could be in line to play the next doctor in Doctor Who.

Producer Steven Moffatt will step down next year, and with Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall set to take the reigns, it is expected he will bring in a new doctor and all eyes are on who that could be.

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The BBC is facing pressure from fans to cast the series first female doctor, and have said they haven't ruled that out.

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Since then, The Irish Examiner featured Watson in a list of potential new doctors and the internet has taken the idea and run with it, tipping the Harry Potter actress to be the favourite for the role.

Other popular suggestions include Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Whishaw, Richard Ayoade and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

Fans say the obvious way for new show-runner Chibnall to make a splash is to gender swap the doctor, who has for decades always been a man with a female companion.