Wiggia’s point that it all went downhill after Tom Baker can’t be ignored, plus a large body of opinion out there says that the Doctor, as with James Bond, must be male because it’s a male role.
You may well be sick to death of it all in that light but let me finish off with the obvious question of just which female would be acceptable in the role? I mean – if for some legal reason … well, all right, I can see no valid reason to have a female in the role, not least for the Hillary factor – would Bill then become first lady? House husband?
Still, let’s press on because it’s nice thinking about wimmin. Let me throw some names into the ring.
Georgia Moffett? The Doc’s daughter, she was sweet and is, after all, David T’s wife. Problem? Stature, both physically and in commanding respect.
Alex Kingston? American. Also, many don’t like her smug manner, though that was written in, wonnit? And also not tall enough, were she to have male sidekicks. True, but neither was Sylvester McCoy. Yet her screen persona has her quite capable in the role.
Mary Tamm, were she transported back in time? Too snooty for mine, plus her moaning the whole time about a role befitting her greatness as a woman. However, she was a Timelady.
The one in Hide? The professor’s assistant? Not bad, she might carry it off but is humourless.
This could go on forever and for every name, there is something wrong. In choosing someone like this Tilda hermaphrodite, they’re recognizing she must look like and act like a he.
What’s the point?
Look at an identikit of the [near] perfect Doc. Tall, has presence, is a tech whiz, is cavalier in manner, has a nice smile, is a bit frightening at times, there’s something idiosyncratic about him, has a bit of swagger at times but can also be compassionate and a bit vulnerable. They’re enough for now.
Can you think of any woman out there who can do and be all of those things? The only person in recent years I can think of would be Christopher Ecclestone.