Steven Moffat must sometimes wake up to “I Got You Babe”, such is the Groundhog Day nature of the questioning he receives as the ringleader of the TARDIS-shaped media circus. “What is it this time? Ah, the Lady Doctor question…”
When quizzed at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday about the likelihood of a female incarnation of the Doctor, Moffat conducted a quick straw poll by asking the assembled fans and press for a show of hands as to whether they would keep watching the show.
However, he remains unconvinced.
“It is a part of Time Lord lore, it can happen. I don’t know, who knows? The more often it’s talked about, the more likely it’s going to happen.”
Not all fans want this, of course; only the ones who perhaps need a different show to watch (after all, who demands that we suddenly discover that the Doctor is still in the Matrix? No one, but the concept is part of Time Lord lore…). While one audience member reckoned he might be able to “take it for a couple of episodes”, The Grand Moff joked that it…
“…wouldn’t be very nice on the young lady involved.”
Now listen, don’t get all riled up at Moffat on this. He’s the only guy in Doctor Who‘s 50-ish years who has given us a sniff of a female Doctor thanks to the 1999 Comic Relief serial The Curse of the Fatal Death; if anyone knows how it’s going to work (or not) it’s him.