Doctor Who fans sent message boards into overdrive as they were convinced they had seen more of actor Matt Smith than they were supposed to.

In new episode The Lodger, which aired on BBC One on Saturday evening and guest starred Gavin And Stacey’s James Corden, the Timelord dropped his towel as he left the bathroom, and fans claimed that by freeze framing the show at 15 minutes and 10 seconds they caught a glimpse of Matt’s manhood.

But a BBC spokesperson said: “Fans might speculate about what they saw. But I can assure them that Matt wasn’t totally naked when he filmed these scenes. He was sporting an item to protect his modesty.”

One Doctor Who fan who posted details on a website claimed: “It is true, you can clearly see. Yes, while millions were watching the football I really did see the Doctor’s w***y.”