9:40 pm - 07/31/2013

Yet another Doctor Who post: 8 Women Who Could Play The Doctor.

With a sad departure, Matt Smith, and his bowtie, is leaving the coveted role of the Doctor in Doctor Who at the end of the year and, as always, there are a number of rumors and opinions about who could be number twelve. Clearly, my opinion is most important. So, if gender was no option, who could be the next Doctor?

There have been eleven men behind the controls of the Tardis and, perhaps, a woman would be a well-needed break. Now, don’t get me wrong, the extremely talented male actors who have been mentioned over the last few months would all be welcomed to my Whovian bosom but, I admit, I would sell my kidney for a female Doctor. If the Doctor can change his appearance at each regeneration, I don’t see why there can’t be a pair of breasts thrown into the mix.
Following are the amazing women who could play the Doctor; the stipulation is that they are British and have not been in Doctor Who as another character already. I like to think that none of these vagina-bearers will need any man to help them. (Though, a male companion isn’t outside the realm of possibility; I mean, who didn’t love Rory?)

Ruth Wilson

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Ruth Wilson is glorious. That’s all you need to know, really, but I shall provide more proof if needed. Anyone interested in strong, multi-layered characters should see her performance in Luther, alongside the wondrous Idris Elba. From the onset, one realizes that this woman is more than can be understood on the surface. She continues, throughout the series, to portray a character as surprisingly likeable as she is fiendish. Personally, I couldn’t help but cheer and root for her, even when I shouldn’t have. She is ultimately wonderful and I, for one, would love to see her take on the part of the Doctor.

Helen Mirren

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Dame Helen Mirren’s name has been tossed around since the announcement of Matt Smith’s departure (almost joking, ew). She has a long list of roles under her belt — Queen Elizabeth II being one of them — so one would expect that she could play yet another British icon, the Doctor. She is also handy around an action sequence if Red is anything to go by, and I’d kill for her to keep her hair pink for the part.

Parminder Nagra

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Parminder Nagra broke through in the surprisingly diverse and lovely teen comedy Bend It Like Beckham. Since then, she has starred in E.R. and Alcatraz, the latter a personal favorite but unfortunately short-lived. She is extremely likeable when necessary, but also comfortable being completely in control of any situation. She has a dramatic flair and an expressive face — her eyes stare straight into my soul — both of which help in the role of the Doctor. I could well believe that, like the Doctor, she is the most intelligent person in the room.

Gwendoline Christie

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What can I say of Gwendoline Christie? At 6’3″, she is as tall as she is striking. Her screen presence is immeasurable and she clearly has no problem with physicality, as has been shown by her portrayal of Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. Her image can change at will and I think she’d look pretty frigging dapper in the part. (Basically, I really want to see her wear a suit, à la Matt Smith, because yowza!)

Naomie Harris

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Goddess Naomie Harris is an actress who has shared the screen with such big Hollywood actors as Johnny Depp and Daniel Craig, yet her enigmatic performance still allowed her to split the audience’s attention from those heavyweights. She has, time and again, shown her ability to stretch a character beyond their limits, holding her own opposite indie darling, Cillian Murphy, in 28 Days Later. She could get the part for her jawline alone.

Source for the Full List

Who's your dream Doctor, ONTD?
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lestat 31st-Jul-2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
bellyroomfan 31st-Jul-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
this! i desperately need her to get more work so i can watch the flawlessness of her.
rewrittentime 31st-Jul-2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
omg i would die
kateison 31st-Jul-2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
seconding omg
emmakinney 31st-Jul-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
She was already in Doctor Who as another character, this list only contains people who've never been in it before.

But, yeah, she'd be awesome.
amanda_aces 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
adore. her.
shangman 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
too talented and busy being flawfree tbh
dannyupshaw 31st-Jul-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)

Watched her today in Mr Whicher with Paddy Considine aww yiss

Edited at 2013-07-31 08:59 pm (UTC)
tadashee 31st-Jul-2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
OT but I'm I from my phone. Has there been a post about Simon Cowell having a baby with his friend's wife?
nbyevu 31st-Jul-2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
yup, this morning
heavy 31st-Jul-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
roxiful 1st-Aug-2013 12:57 am (UTC)
aflaminghalo 31st-Jul-2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm not on the list = this list is invalid.
dannyupshaw 31st-Jul-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
xcollsangelx 31st-Jul-2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ruth Wilson would be flawless.

dannyupshaw 31st-Jul-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
sarahvma 31st-Jul-2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Ruth is the only woman on this list that I can see really nailing it.
fauxkaren 31st-Jul-2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
First of all NO TY to a woman Doctor.

Secondly, most of these women have careers already and this would likely not be interested in being the Doctor.


Also, Richard Madden so that the Doctor could be ginger and I could stare at Richard's face.

Edited at 2013-07-31 08:43 pm (UTC)
fauxkaren 31st-Jul-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Because the Doctor has always identified as a man. Canon is not clear as to whether the Doctor remains the same person across regenerations or not. If the Doctor DOES remain the same person across generations, then he's a man. Even if he regenerates in a female body, he's a man.

The show would be sending a bad message if the Doctor regenerates into a female body and suddenly he's a woman now. Sex is not the same as gender and I don't think the show should be conflating the two.

Of course, you could argue that the Doctor is gender fluid or that the Doctor does NOT remain the same person across regenerations, but you'd really have to establish that in the show.

Also, I can't imagine Moffat (or any of the other main writers for Doctor Who) being able to write a female Doctor. The Doctor would regenerate into a female body and you just KNOW that it'd be full of "OMG I HAVE BOOBS NOW!" jokes.

And finally, the attitude that sometimes I see behind the whole "the Doctor should be a woman!" idea is that you need the Doctor to be a woman in order for there to be a significant female presence on the show. But I think that's bullshit. The companions are the main character as much as the Doctor is. If the writers put the effort into writing compelling and complex female companions, then you really don't need the Doctor be a woman to have great female characters on the show.
alleigh 31st-Jul-2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Question, why do you want a woman Doctor?
To me what is lost so much is casting a PERSON who would give the Doctor a cool new character, instead of trying to force randoms because they fit some random criteria. I mean Kristen Stewart is a horrible actress but female so she should get the part, right? Or is there more to what you really want in your Doctor?
bodyline 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
this is a good comment.
emmakinney 31st-Jul-2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Why no to a female Doctor?

It's a list of actresses who COULD be, it's not outside the realm of possibility.
nbyevu 31st-Jul-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
IA, to be honest, about a female doctor. Personally, I like a masculine energy for the doctor. But that's not to say that a woman wouldn't do great in the role and I would still watch the show if a woman were to be cast.

HOWEVER, there is plenty of room in the show for a woman who is not the doctor and not a companion. The doctor's daughter is still out there somewhere from season 4 and she clearly has some sort of regeneration powers. Would love to see her again.

Or River, she's a timelord.

dannyupshaw 31st-Jul-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
for fuck's sake stop shouting
zoaster_toaster 31st-Jul-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Idris as the Doctor would be fucking brilliant. Or Chiwetel Ejiofor - both have the ability to be the darker!Doctor you describe.
hateistoodark 31st-Jul-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Richard as the doctor would be perfect excuse to just stare at him.

Idris would be perfect but lbr too good for it.
superdogbiter 31st-Jul-2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Roz Ryan I don't care she's not british
professor_chaos 31st-Jul-2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
we've had an awful lot of posts about a pipe dream that will never happen
emmakinney 31st-Jul-2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
It's nice to dream tbh.
bodyline 31st-Jul-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
this happens every time a new doctor is announced.
dannyupshaw 31st-Jul-2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oy leave my unicorns alone
zoaster_toaster 31st-Jul-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
It's always fun to have hypotheticals, it's a nice distraction from reality.
sarahvma 31st-Jul-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
I support it more in the sense that it makes it more real for people and more possible. Not for this run, and I wouldn't want Moffat touching a female Doctor, but for next time or just for future roles in general.
quizblorg 31st-Jul-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
My suggestion is Tamsin Greig.
checkerdandy 31st-Jul-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
omg love her
bodyline 31st-Jul-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)

lol no @ louise
atomicdogmeat 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Jaime Murray would be my pick.
saintssin 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Dakota Fanning tbh

That way she can time travel and erase all those incriminating blind items.
dannyupshaw 31st-Jul-2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
saintssin 31st-Jul-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
For some reason this gif is making me laugh so hard
ch33rylips 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Dame Helen Mirren is the only correct answer.
dannyupshaw 31st-Jul-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)

zoaster_toaster 31st-Jul-2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
I would agree, if only because she's actually put her name in the hyperbolic hat for Doctor candidates.
pop_squash pls don't call me a nazi. 1st-Aug-2013 04:42 am (UTC)
you mean hypothetical not hyperbolic.
mesername 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Emma Thompason or Helena Bonham Carter (she's good when she's not doing the one role she always does)
emmakinney 31st-Jul-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Emma Thompson for everything.

Yeah, HBC is great when she isn't working with Tim Burton.
sarahvma 31st-Jul-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Emma Thompson for all the things. Though I still hate her as Trelawney.
myrrhmade 31st-Jul-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Gina Torres! Nichelle Nichols! Vanessa Williams! Viveca Fox!
emmakinney 31st-Jul-2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Gina Torres is a fucking QUEEN.
myrrhmade 31st-Jul-2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
She is indeed, and she would fucking SLAY.
portmanteaux 31st-Jul-2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Omg, Gina Torres. I would love to hear her do some kind of British accent.
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