With Matt Smith getting ready to say his final goodbyes to "Doctor Who" and a new Doctor yet to be cast, fans have been buzzing about who the new doctor could be ... and if a woman could nab the role this time around.
But according to "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat, a female Doctor probably isn't on the agenda just yet.
"I don’t think that would be a sensible thing to do, no," Moffat told IMDb when asked if the casting could be gender-blind. "I think you’d have to make a decision on the gender before you approached it."
"I didn’t say that [women will eventually be cast in the role], no," Moffat continued when probed further. "Within the narrative of ‘Doctor Who’, it is possible that he could be female? Yeah. But as to whether The Doctor will be female in the future, I’m not going to comment on that."
“I have pondered [the decision to leave] on several occasions and thought I’ve made a huge mistake,” Smith said this week at the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 press tour, according to the LA Times. “What am I doing? Don’t leave!”
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith as making the comments. "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat was quoted.
The 50th anniversary special of "Doctor Who" airs Sat., Nov. 23 on BBC America and the show has also been renewed for an eighth season, which is likely to air in 2014.