The Lady Doctor Will See You Now

What’s all this? Another take on the “female Doctor” rumour? Surely River Song has all of the female qualities of the Doctor that we could possibly want?

Whichever way you look at it (and for reasons of sanity, we’re firmly on the “Doctor should be male” side of the argument) this debate is set to run and run, even if the Time Lord makes it to regeneration 755 without having changed sex.

Reports in the Daily Express today suggest that following the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, our hero will regenerate once again, this time changing sex. The lucky actress to play the part will – allegedly – be Lara Pulver, recently seen in Steven Moffat’s Sherlock as Irene Adler.

“The 50th anniversary series will end with a very big twist,” we’re told. “The Doctor becoming a woman will give the show a new lease of life. Lara has already been mentioned as a real contender for the role.”

“A new lease of life”? Just as well, then, because it has become so boring lately, what with the Silence and Amy’s pregnancy and fake Amy and the Doctor’s death and River Song’s true identity and Churchill and… well, you get the point.

Pulver’s a great actress and she would be great in Doctor Who. She might make a great Time Lady, but she wouldn’t sell being the Doctor to me, nor, I suspect, the rest of the Kasterborous team.

But of course, before we rule it out completely let’s consider the one time the Doctor did become a woman: Joanna Lumley in the 1999 Comic Relief special The Curse of the Fatal Death, written by… Steven Moffat.

(Remember, of course, that this is a rumour. And if it isn’t, perhaps it’s time to merge Kasterborous with Cult Britannia…?)

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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