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The White Queen star Anuerin Barnard has revealed he would love to have the chance to take over from Matt Smith in Doctor Who.

Speaking to the Radio Times the Welsh actor became the latest to express interest in the role – which currently remains unfilled following Matt’s decision to quit later this year.

“It’s one of those roles that has lived through time,” Aneurin said.

“It’s an endless tale and what’s interesting about Doctor Who is it can go in any direction at any point and every Doctor is taken very differently.”

He added: “It’s a great piece of storytelling and you can have a lot of fun with that.”

A host of actors have been named as potential replacements for Matt Smith, who will bow out in this year’s Christmas special.

Skyfall actor Rory Kinnear is the current favourite, with betting temporarily suspended last month when speculation mounted that he had already been cast.

Other potential candidates are thought to include Rupert Grint, Russell Tovey, Ben Daniels, Dominic Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Addison.