Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has said the casting of the Timelord is not gender-specific.
Reflecting on the fact that many fans had been hoping for a female Doctor to be cast as a replacement for Matt Smith, Moffat said he’s ‘reasonably confident’ that this will happen one day.
‘The problem with this whole [female Doctor] argument is everybody [just] says ‘a woman’ – you don’t ever cast ‘a man’ as the Doctor, you cast a particular man,’ Moffat told Nerd Cubed.
‘One day I’m reasonably confident somebody in this [showrunner] role – whether it’s me or someone else – will say not, “Let’s cast a woman,” they’ll say, “That person, that’s the one who could the be the Doctor”.
‘You’re just casting someone that you think will set that role on fire,’ he added.
‘I think for now that is Peter – I thought it was Matt [Smith] before – it’s not about the gender thing.’
Peter Capaldi is set to take on the role of the Doctor from the next series of the show. He will appear in his first episode at Christmas.
But were any female actors auditioned, Moff?