What’s you view on a female version of the Doctor? Are you the kind of person who thinks that the Time Lord should remain just exactly that-a Lord? Or would you prefer the Doctor’s next regeneration to leave him looking more like Chancellor Flavia than Grigori Rasputin?
We only ask because the Daily Mirror (a red top, tabloid newspaper for all overseas readers) published an article yesterday suggesting that a popular choice to play the next incarnation of the Doctor is comedian Sue Perkins who some of you may recognise from the BBC reality show Great British Bake Off.
This is not the first time that rumours of a female Doctor have surfaced; in fact it’s something that’s been whispered in cloisters and around Eyes of Harmony for many years now. Steven Moffat even told an American audience at a Doctor Who screening last year that he was the one who inserted the reference in The Doctor’s Wife regarding Time Lord regeneration not necessarily giving you the same sex every time, let’s not forget that Moffat was the first Doctor Who writer to change the Doctor into a woman in the form of Joanna Lumley in the 1999 Comic Relief special The Curse of Fatal Death. Considering the fact that Moffat has taken lots of ideas from Doctor Who material he wrote before the show came back, would it be such a leap for him to change the Doctor’s sex for regeneration?
Many fans were happy to consider Sue Perkins in the role, whilst many others were threatening to boycott the show entirely if she, or any other woman, took control of the TARDIS and the Doctor’s life.
However the whole scenario originates with the SciFind website, who for reasons best known to themselves reckon Big Finish would be interested in revamping their Unbound range with Perkins as a female Doctor, something that has of course already been done to great effect with Arabella Weir. Perkins has responded on Twitter to the suggestion, saying that she is “beyond flattered”.
Our own editor considers the situation “beyond nonsense”, but what are your views? Should the Doctor remain male or is there far more potential for him if he swings the other way?