Unless you’ve given up on Doctor Who and unliked all the DW-related Facebook pages as I should have done long ago, you’ve likely heard everyone screaming from the ether: THE NEXT DOCTOR HAS TO BE A WOMAN!!
Now in the past, my opinion on a female playing The Doctor has been-
However, now that Moffat is on his way out and a much better character writer is slated to be the next show-runner, my opinion on the subject has changed slightly.
I can’t say I’d be over the moon about The Doctor being a woman, but, let’s face it, Doctor Who needs a change. Fast.
Theoretically this show could go on forever. Since it has a continually revolving cast that changes every few years or so, there’s no reason for it to stop even if actors or producers quit.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t get formulaic and predictable after a while.
If you have played a Doctor Who drinking game in the last four years or so, then you’re probably reading this post from a coffin. How’s the wifi down there, by the way?
No one I know watches Doctor Who casually anymore. Or at all, actually.
Most of them stopped watching after Matt Smith left, or even before the baby-faced wonder bid us adeu.
And I think the reason why is obvious: the writing got boring.
It’s the same shtick over and over.
First act: The Doctor, meaning to take companions one place, ends up taking them to another place. They are then confronted with a deadly danger/dangerous mystery/deady dangerous mystery and are forced to run from alien monsters of some description.
Second act: The Doctor becomes discouraged, but then the companion needlessly reminds him that he’s “The Doctor” and he’s amazing and stuff. The companion is usually captured and The Doctor is forced to contend with seemingly impossible odds. He does a thing and confronts the big bad.
Third act: The Doctor performs a now paint-by-numbers speech about how awesome he is, defeats the villain, then sods off with his companion who usually has a witty quip or two to offer about the whole situation. They then pop into the TARDIS and all is well. Cue end credits.
See what I mean?
So…perhaps…just perhaps…changing The Doctor into a woman wouldn’t be the worst idea? For one thing, it would give us an opportunity to explore The Doctor’s character on a level we never have before. We’ve already done the “am I actually a good guy?” thing a million times by this point. Changing him into a woman would give us a whole new dynamic to work with. And if he had a male companion we wouldn’t have to watch them constantly measuring dicks all the time. That’d be a nice change of pace.
I envision a female Doctor as like a Romana/10th Doctor hybrid.
Only not a colossal disappointment. Damn you Hell Bent. The fandom will never recover.
Realistically, however, it’s very likely that they will cast another man. Because safety is better than creative risks when it comes to television. At least that’s what most people in the biz seem to believe.
However, if they cast Eddie Redmayne all would be forgiven.
The Doctor would finally be ginger. And adorable.
Regardless, I swear to Cthulu, if this show disappoints me again once Chibnail takes the lead, I am leaving!
FemmeDoctor or no FemmeDoctor.