Colin Baker is backing Idris Elba for the Doctor

The former 'Doctor Who' star - who portrayed the sixth incarnation of the popular sci-fi character - thinks it is only a matter of time before the BBC opt for a black Doctor after they appointed Jodie Whittaker as the first female in the role, and he is hoping the 'Luther' actor gets the nod.

He is quoted by the Daily Star newspaper as saying: "I suppose changing gender and racial type at the same time might have been too brave for them.

"There's been a lot of speculation that it could have been Idris Elba and that he would make a brilliant Doctor. The fact is he would.

"Now they've broken the bravery barrier I'd say watch that space because it would be entirely right."

Colin recently admitted he was delighted that a female Doctor had been cast for the first time, congratulating incoming executive producer Chris Chibnall on the appointment.

He said: "I have repeatedly stated publicly that I personally would not just welcome but expect a female Doctor, but that I doubted the courage of the decision-makers at the BBC to allow a showrunner to explore the exciting opportunities afforded by such brave and game-changing casting.

"Clearly I was wrong and I congratulate Chris Chibnall, the incoming executive producer and writer, on succeeding where others may have failed or maybe not even tried.

"What is doubly encouraging is the fact he has very long track record of writing good strong parts for men and women alike, including the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, who was superb in 'Broadchurch'.

"I do not believe catastrophe awaits 'Doctor Who' and expect a renaissance - not that one is needed. Peter Capaldi was magnificent and was a refreshing contrast to the youthful trend that preceded him (who were also superb I hasten to add)."

Jodie's selection hasn't gone without criticism from some, but Colin blasted "fans" who claim they won't watch the programme any more following the female casting.

He wrote on Twitter: "Cannot deny that I am amazed by the 'never watch it again' reaction by some viewers ( I hesitate to call them 'fans'). Very sad (sic)"

Via The List