Christina Cooper Staff Writer
Executive producer and current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, has explained his decision for not casting a woman in the role of the Doctor. Although the magnificent Peter Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor, some fans were expecting something much different than a middle-aged white man – perhaps a woman…or a ginger!
But Moffat says that female fans were against the Time Lord becoming female.
“It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it- and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this- were women, saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’” said Moffat.
Hold up. When has Steven Moffat EVER listened to what fans want? And secondly, there are several women who were quite outspoken in the fact they wanted a female Doctor; one of them being Dame Helen Mirren!
Mirren was among the high-profile campaigners who publicly urged for a female Doctor. Moffat addressed Mirren’s casting desires during the BBC’s 12th Doctor announcement, “I am aware that Helen Mirren has stated it is time a woman was cast, well all I can say to her is I think it’s about time we let a man play The Queen!”
Fans aren’t sure if Moffat’s comments were meant as a joke OR if casting a female Doctor was never even seriously considered…
What do you think about Moffat’s female Doctor comments? Do you want a female Doctor? Will fans have to wait for another showrunner to take over Doctor Who before a woman steps into the role? Let us know!