of Huffington Post
During a taping of The Graham Norton
Show Emma Thompson said that she would have loved to commandeer the Tardis if given the chance.
Talk show host Graham Norton addressed the rumor that Thompson had been offered the role during the casting of the 12th
incarnation of the Doctor.
“I would have said yes,” Thompson stated. “Maybe women need their own new time travelling person?”
When it was announced that current Doctor, Matt Smith, was leaving the popular British television show, Whovians were all too eager to express their opinions of who should inherit the mysterious moniker. Fans wondered if this would be the first Doctor of a different gender or race.
Along with Thompson, Dame Helen Mirren and Helena Bonham Carter were popular choices amongst fans because of their ability to successfully portray a multi-faceted character like the Doctor, whose emotions can range from silly to downright menacing at the drop of a hat. Actors Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor were also rumored as candidates for the role when casting began.
After all, the Doctor is a time travelling alien with two hearts –who’s to say the character can’t break societal norms?
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was ultimately offered the role. When asked why a male was chosen, head writer and current show runner Stephen Moffat explained that there was not an overwhelming amount of support for a female Doctor.
Thompson is known for her role as Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter
movies, the titular babysitter in Nanny McPhee
, and the voice of Queen Elinor in Disney’s Brave
The actress appeared on the show to promote the movie Saving Mr. Banks
, in which she portrays author and of Mary Poppins
opposite Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.
Thompson, along with current Doctot Matt Smith and past Doctor David Tenant, appears on The Graham Norton Show
tonight at 10:35 p.m. on BBC One.