A Female Doctor MUST Happen
Over 50 years of television history follow the sci-fi classic Doctor Who. 13 actors have played the iconic role with current 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi currently presiding in the TARDIS. That will all change on December 25th.
Peter Capaldi announced on a BBC radio show earlier in February that the upcoming series of Doctor Who would be his last. Series 10 will premiere on April 15th on BBC One and BBC America. A new companion will travel with the Doctor in the form of Pearl Mackie’s Bill. She’s currently expecting to be in the role for only this series. The regeneration episode will be the 2017 Christmas Special.
Along with Capaldi, showrunner Steven Moffat will be handing the show to writer Chris Chibnall. Chibnall is expected to head the search for the next Doctor. This is coming at a time where there’s been a great demand for the Doctor to undergo a gender change. Every Doctor has been played by a male actor.
Going with a female lead would open up opportunities to see the Doctor in a different light. Normally, the Doctor travels with a female companion who often has to play the damsel in distress but grows into a strong female character who commonly has to save the Doctor in some cases. Now to flip the script, the Doctor could go with a male companion to start to really change the dynamic. A female Doctor won’t be shown in an inferior role because of the gender change as the character is shown as a heroic, brave, in your face character. Having the male companion undergo the process of becoming more than what they are towards the end of their journey with the Doctor can really be a refreshing change for the show while still continuing the traditional chain of character development.
There are many actors and actresses slated for the role. In the case of going with a female Doctor, top candidates include Broadchurch’s Olivia Coleman and Doctor Strange’s Tilda Swinton. These particular two are the front-runners according to bookies weighing the odds of a female Doctor being cast.
Olivia Coleman has a working relationship with Chris Chibnall as the upcoming show runner also produces Broadchurch. It would also be a chance to have another actor/actress come from a supporting role in a previous Doctor Who episode and into the main role. Peter Capaldi played a supporting character during David Tennant’s run as the 10th Doctor in the Series 4 episode Fires of Pompeii. Olivia Coleman appeared in the 11th Doctor Matt Smith’s debut episode The Eleventh Hour. It would be a chance to see the Doctor “re-encounter” themselves in another form. Capaldi brilliantly played off the fact he’d been in Doctor Who before making his character a pivotal reminder of why he was playing the Doctor.
Tilda Swinton is a high-profile actress who has a knack for the oddball characters of Hollywood. The Doctor is no ordinary character and it plays right into Tilda Swinton’s hand of work. This is a great opportunity to have Doctor Who step further in the array of A-List actors. Swinton would no doubt bring a large following of fans and would give the potential opportunity of Doctor Who returning to the big screen again as with the 50th Anniversary special. Entertainment Weekly confirmed Swinton as the top favorite for not only the first female Doctor but the overall choice over names like Ben Whishaw and Rupert Grint.
There’s a great opportunity here to experiment with this type of casting. Should it be successful, Doctor Who would open up new avenues for female actors to have the chance at becoming immortalized in sci-fi television and beyond.
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