Published on January 20th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Billie Piper: Sexist or Realist?
Billie Piper has spoken about her feelings concerning the character of the Doctor – and his gender.
Piper is currently in the USA promoting her series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and was one name put forward by David Tennant as a potential Eleventh Doctor. With Russell T Davies meanwhile advocating the casting of major Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones meanwhile, Billie Piper reckons it’s all a bit daft, it seems.
"I don’t think the Doctor should be a woman," she told Hello! magazine.
"Forgive me, I know it’s not a feminist thing to say, but it’s like saying, ‘Let’s make James Bond a woman.’ It’s a man’s role."
She’s totally right, of course – as well as totally wrong. I feel that it is a feminist thing to say, because the beautiful Ms Piper is saying that she and actresses like her want strong, original female roles, not rehashes of roles previously played by men.
And what is wrong with that?