With the smashing success of Peter Capaldi‘s debut season as the 12th Doctor, no one is looking to recast the lead of DOCTOR WHO anytime soon. But we’re between seasons, so that means the troublemakers have to start manufacturing “news” in the absences of real tidbits from the production. And that means, sooner or later, someone is going to ask, “Hey, what about a female Doctor?”
After dutifully wishing that former producer John Nathan-Turner could have been imprisoned in the heart of a neutron star for having the bad judgment to try to drum up interest in the series by tossing this hand grenade into fandom — when he had no intention of ever casting a woman — I generally sigh and wait for the hysteria to blow over.
The Doctor is a male Time Lord. Period. Always was, always will be. That reality is a fixed point in time. There’s no reason to change that. (Saying “just because you can” is not a reason. In fact, it’s the opposite of a reason; it’s a gimmick.)
And now the male Doctor camp has a new and formidable ally: an incarnation of the Doctor himself! (And who should know better?)
Peter Davison, who played the erstwhile Fifth Doctor, was asked about the Doctor switching genres by Australia’s ABC News. He went on the record with a response that was firm and definitive:
Personally, and I speak now as a fan who grew up watching it, I have trouble with the idea of a female Doctor. I reckon if you’re born on Gallifrey a man, you probably are a male Time Lord. I think it’s great to have a female Time Lord, but my feeling about it — I know this could be controversial, I’m speaking as a viewer — I personally think the Doctor is male. I probably will get flak, and that’s fair enough. It’s just my opinion.
I totally agree with Davison — the Doctor is male and always should be, It’s just the way the show is.
During the Wilderness Years between the Seventh and Eighth Doctors, Joanna Lumley portrayed a “13th Doctor” in the Steven Moffat-penned “The Curse of the Fatal Death” for Comic Relief — but it was precisely that: a lark.
However, this does not mean Davison is against seeing a Time Lady — well, of a sort. The former Doctor heartily endorses a spin-off for Jenny, the Doctor’s “Daughter” — starring his own real-life daughter, Georgia Moffett.
At the end of her story she flew off in to the universe, at the moment, never to be seen again. Let’s bring her back! Let’s have a spin-off with Jenny!