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Doctor Who creator Steven Moffat has denied reports that the announcement of the 12th Time Lord is imminent.

Speculation had run rife on Saturday following rumours that Matt Smith’s successor would be revealed before the day is out.

However it appears that fans of the show may have to wait a little longer for the news, after show producer and director Ed Stradling denied the claims on Twitter.

Speaking on behalf of the showrunner, who is not on the microblogging site, he said: “Steven MOffat says this morning ‘I haven’t a clue who it is, we’ve barely started’.”

The BBC also later denied the reports, tweeting: “We can confirm there is no #DoctorWho announcement planned for today.”

Fans have been speculating over the identity of the next Doctor ever since Matt Smith revealed last Saturday that he was quitting the series.

The actor will appear in the 50th anniversary special in November before bowing out and regenerating in the Christmas special.

A string of contenders have been tipped as possible replacements including Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, David Harewood, Russell Tovey and Rupert Grint.

And following a report in sci-fi magazine Starburst a new trio of actors have also entered the frame.

Mamma Mia star Dominic Cooper, Skins actor Daniel Kaluuya and Harry Potter star Domhnall Gleeson are reported to be among the front-runners for the role.

 A BBC source said earlier this week that the next Doctor could be revealed as early as next month.