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?

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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