Itâ€™s happened only once, way back in 1999. The Curse of Fatal Death, a Doctor Who spoof written by one Steven Moffat, featured Joanna Lumley as a female version of the Doctor. We laughed, we sniggered and we generally didnâ€™t mind the change of the Doctorâ€™s gender as it was all quite tongue in cheek.
But if it were to happen, if we were really faced with the prospect that the Doctor was about to become female for the first time then who would be best to play the role?
Well if the poll administered by SFX magazineâ€™s website is any indication then the general public would like to see Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter try out the role as she is considered to be something of a â€œfemale Tom Bakerâ€
The top 5 suggestions for the best female Doctor were:
1. Helena Bonham-Carter
2. Tamsin Greig
3. Emma Thompson
4. Keeley Hawes
5. Emma Watson
According to Dave Golder, the online editor on www.sfx.com:
â€œOf all the Doctors so far she is probably most like a female Tom Baker.â€
Coming in second in the poll was actress and comedienne Tamsin Greig, who guested in the 2005 episode The Long Game as a surgeon. Actress Emma Watson, famous for her roles in the Harry Potter film series, was the only actress under the age of thirty to make the top five.
However, it seems that the actress who has played one of the most Doctor-ish roles to date, Alex Kingston as River Song, feels that itâ€™s something that wonâ€™t happen anytime soon stating:
â€œI think the Doctor will always stay a male.â€