Here, I’ve collected together everything I’ve written about the possibility of a female Doctor.
It shouldn’t be a case of opening the auditions to men and women, and then casting the best of them. The BBC production office should actively look for and cast a female Doctor. The Thirteenth Doctor should be explicitly female from the genesis of her character, right the way to the casting, the announcement, the writing, and the broadcast. She should be created with a specific gender in mind.
Doctor Who is always at its best when it’s doing something new. The key appeal of the program is the breadth of the narrative; when Doctor Who fully realises the concept of “anywhere in time and space, anything that ever happened or ever will”, that is when it really sings. Innovation has always been the biggest achievement of the show.
When Peter Capaldi eventually decides the time has come to regenerate, the BBC production office should actively look for and cast a female Doctor – specifically, Natalie Dormer. This speculative fan-trailer imagines what her first series might look like…
A female doctor wouldn’t ruin the dynamic of the show, or the dynamic between companions – it’d change it.
There’s only really one argument that is, if not convincing, worthy of some genuine contemplation: that the Doctor should be preserved as a male role model, being one of the most prominent fictional heroes who isn’t reliant on violence and aggression, but instead is a template for teaching curiosity and compassion to children. However…
Because it might, hopefully, prove to be quite relevant tomorrow, here’s a collation of everything I’ve written about a female Doctor Who. Not long to go until we find out! I’m quite excited actually.