Should the Doctor be a woman? If so, who should play her? Here are our suggestions…
Buffy/Avengers/Firefly writer/director Joss Whedon said at a talk that he would be interested in writing for Doctor Who if the Doctor was a woman (“or Idris Elba” he joked). He got us thinking about who could play a female Doctor. Here are some carefully considered choices.
5. Gwendoline Christie
The Game of Thrones actress recently dipped her toe into science fiction with her role as the silver stormtrooper Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Apart from her acting abilities, I can just easily picture Christie at the helm of the TARDIS for some reason.
4. Sophie Okonedo
The Oscar-winning actress has actually already appeared in Doctor Who back in 2010, but that didn’t stop Peter Capaldi so why should it matter here? Okonedo is a performer with an amazing range, who would nail the Doctor’s darkness and quirkiness. Basically, she’d rule.
3. Gillian Anderson
Having The X FIles star as the Doctor might cause a lot of sci-fi fans to just keel over, but Gillian Anderson really would be a terrific Time Lord. She has the gravitas, the humour, the elegance and an overall X factor (sorry) that would make her perfect for the gender-swapped hero.
2. Eva Green
A tremendously versatile actress, Eva Green has been a Bond girl, an immortal witch, a Victorian psychic and she’s soon to be a bird-woman – and she’s played them all with aplomb. Plus, she has that odd hard-to-define accent which would give her an alien quality.
1. Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell caused an internet meltdown last year when she revealed/joked that she would like to play the Doctor. You only have to look at Agent Carter to see that the actress has all the chops to play such a multi-faceted character. Come on, if we can’t have more Peggy Carter, let her be the Doctor!
Runners-up: Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, Ruth Wilson and Laura Fraser.