Published on December 21st, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
Who’s Helen Mirren?
Dame Helen Mirren has suggested that she would like to play the Twelfth Doctor should Matt Smith ever decide that he wants to leave the role.
The actress, who Smith himself cited as one of the actors that he would like to see as the Doctor’s fellow TARDIS traveller, went on to say that she would not like to replace Karen Gillan as the Doctor’s companion.
“I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to just be his sidekick.”
Mirren would make a fine addition as a guest cast member or even as the Doctor’s travelling buddy. Big Finish (who produce the audio adventures of Doctor Who) paired the Sixth Doctor with an older companion to great effect, the Eleventh Doctor could very easily get along with a head strong and wise woman (just look at Amy Pond) so hopefully it’s something that we’ll see in the future.
But should the Doctor turn female? Would this change the entire dynamic of the show or would the story be able to able to continue as it is? There’s certainly nothing wrong with the concept of a woman taking the role on and making it her own but how different would Doctor Who be if say, for example, the Doctor fell in love with the Master for real!?