Published on January 11th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
SFX Sex Change
Itâ€™s all change at SFX.co.uk as theyâ€™ve created a list entitled â€œ16 Sci-Fi sex changesâ€! The list includes some popular, some bizarre and some downright odd changes of gender that popular science fiction characters have gone through over the years.
Those of note include Red Dwarf, where the shipâ€™s computer Holly remodelled his pixalated face into an alternative version of himself he met in another dimension called Hilly, a film based on Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde â€œcleverlyâ€ redone as Doctor Jekyll and Ms Hyde, Dizzy (the female lead in Paul Verhoevenâ€™s Starship Troopers) who was originally a male trooper in the novel the film was based on, H G Wells changed into a woman in an episode of Warehouse 13 (quiet, Timelash fans!) and Spot, a cat from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
But of course one of the most notorious (and hilarious) sex changes to occur in the world of science fiction happened in 1999 on Comic Relief night when the Doctor, bereft of all his regenerations spontaneously regenerated into a woman, namely Joanna Lumley. As the Doctor got through body after body during a series of unfortunate events, he ended up in this shapely guise, and seemed more than pleased.
â€œThe Doctor seems quite delighted to regenerate into her first female self (â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to get my hands on one of theseâ€) and overjoyed at a new setting she finds on the Sonic Screwdriver (think about it). Her companion, Emma (Julia Sawalha), is less enthusiastic, as she was due to marry the Doctor: â€œIâ€™m sorry, but youâ€™re just not the man I fell in love with.â€ This leaves the way for a romance to blossom between the Doctor and his old enemy (played by Jonathan Pryce): â€œTell me, why do they call you the Master?â€ â€œIâ€™ll tell you laterâ€¦â€ he says with a lascivious grin.â€
Now make of this of you will, as it was written by Steven Moffat himself! Will this one day become canonical, will the maestro of time meddling stories weave this one into his rich tapestry? Probably not but itâ€™s funny to think what could be!
You can see the full list at http://www.sfx.co.uk/2011/01/08/16-sci-fi-sex-changes/3/