Doctor Who Season 8 Spoilers: New Doctor Rory Kinnear?

Doctor Who fans have been speculating, predicting, and in some cases, even betting on who will take over as the new Doctor in the 8th season of this iteration of the much loved science-fiction show. Many were predicting a socially conscious shift, as there was much chatter online over the next doctor being a woman or a minority. However, speculations are paused, as it was reported on Sunday that actor Rory Kinnear has been given a serious offer for the role, according to The Independent.

Kinnear is not particularly well known, he is most recognizable as M16 officer Bill Tanner in the two most recent James Bond movies, "Quantum of Solace," and "Skyfall." Kinnear has also won accolades for his work in performances of Othello, Mary Stuart, and Hamlet, according to

BBC denies the reports that they have asked Kinnear to be the next Doctor, but a source close to the show told The Daily Telegraph that "he has been offered the part and we are waiting to hear if he will accept. He is the perfect choice."

The current Doctor, played by Matt Smith, will stay on the show until Christmas 2013, according to

NME reported on a statement Smith gave when he announced his leaving the show last weekend.

"Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show," he said.

For now fans lay in wait, hoping for updates and official confirmation as to Rory Kinnear and the fate of the long-running science-fiction show.