Now that Matt Smith has officially bowed out of Doctor Who, speculation has begun on who will be cast as the Doctor next. The London Times is speculating that the BBC is seriously considering casting a woman in the role – which I think would be brilliant.
Now, there is debate as to whether the Doctor can change sex when he regenerates – he’s said himself it happens but one thing is clear, with the Doctor, anything is possible.
Here’s our pick of women who we think would make great Doctors.
Emma Thompson may be a big movie star reluctant to star in a TV show (she took many years off of acting to tend to her family), but she would certainly make a great Doctor. She’s got just the right amount of authority and character range needed to full the manic Doctor off – just look at the Nanny McPhee series of films she’s written/directed.
An unconventional choice surely, but this scion of British screens would make an interesting turn as the Doctor. Having recently watched her older work in British Comedy, she could certainly pull off the mixture of drama and comedy needed to do this role. She would add an element of stateliness to the proceedings or shall I say ‘Timelordiness.’
This option would certainly make sense in light of the reason season 7 finale. It’s highly unlikely but Clara’s chemistry with the Doctor shows that they can be very similar people. Perhaps they ARE the same person, just at different stages in The Doctor’s timestream.
While she shines recently in “Oblivion,” starring next to Tom Cruise and holding her own, Andrea has a long history in British television, most notably in The Devil’s Whore (where she co-starred with former Master John Simm). Her star may be on the rise in Hollywood, but a turn at the Doctor who be an excellent change in direction for her career. And the Doctor would finally get to be Ginger, which as a Ginger, I wholeheartedly support.
She may have already sailed on the ship to star in American TV shows (and it can be very hard to get British actors to come back) after her star making performance in “Bend it Like Beckham”. Her dynamic roles on ER and Psych show that she can handle the pressure of high stakes TV drama as well as comedy.
After her turn as Irene Adler in Sherlock in 2012, all I can say is that she would make a fantastic Doctor. Just look how well she plays off Benedict Cumberbatch (who would make a great Doctor, but is too famous now). She has the range and the talent to pull of the mysterious and manic Doctor.
I’m a huge fan of the British Show “Foyle’s War” and while the character she plays is somewhat meek and unassuming, she has a quiet power about her that would do the Doctor well. She’s perhaps a little older than they would like the Doctor to be, but with Foyle’s War looking like it’s finally done for good, she’s available! (Update: it appears that Foyle’s War actually isn’t done after all according to writer Anthony Horowitz).
I love Gemma Arterton and while she’s had a series of strong film roles (like Tamara Drewe), her career could use the boost of a role as the Doctor. It would certainly make her star rise even further. The only drawback is that we would probably lose her after just a season or two as she moves on to bigger and better things.
Alice Eve stunned us with her role in this summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” and all I could think was how much I love her accent. She would make an excellent and dynamic Doctor and I could see her flying the TARDIS.
While it might be difficult to pull her away from her hit BBC comedy (called “Miranda”) and her role on “Call the Midwife”, she has just the right amount of range to pull off comedy and intense drama, which makes her perfect to play the Doctor. She’s also no stranger to British sci-fi – she’s hilarious in Hyperdrive (co-starring with Nick Frost).
While she has already had a small role on Doctor Who, this should not disqualify her. If anything, her recent role at David Tennant’s partner on “Broadchurch” has adequately prepared her to take on the role of the Doctor. David Tennant could even give her some tips on flying the TARDIS.
She’s no stranger to genre Sci-fi after her role on Being Human and most recently in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (where she was amazing). She can pull of the level of madness needed to play the Doctor but also be sweet and fun. She’d be great flying the Tardis and would make a great foyle to River Song (if we ever see her again).
Which British woman do you think would make a great Doctor? Let us know in the comments!