Which female Doctor would be acceptable?

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.


This post last evening tore into this egregious bookie’s favourite.

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.

16 comments for “Which female Doctor would be acceptable?

  1. microdave
    February 17, 2017 at 13:56

    “Alex Kingston? American”

    Apparently not:

    “Kingston was born and brought up in Epsom, Surrey”


  2. February 17, 2017 at 14:03

    They have already moved too far in giving ‘assistants’ the powers of the Doctor. Just like in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, only disaster can come of it. Donna Noble seemed to be shouting and cor-blimeying her way into the job before, luckily, she went completely mad. Near Mrs. The husband she nearly had, had an early fortunate escape. The Doctor could not read the simplest of warning signs. He should have said his famous line within 30 secs of meeting her…. “RUN !!”

    Making the Master a Mistress was so over the top that one could only guffaw at the awful mess she made of it. In both instances it was almost blasphemy. The Doctors themselves …. well count me out of the fanosphere. The past three or four have shown some elan but nowhere near the gravitas needed. Superaliens with clay feet.

  3. Twisted Root
    February 17, 2017 at 15:38

    Why waste time a female Dr Who is not Dr Who. You have been caught by the anchor thrown out yesterday, that creature who was posited. Now a pretty little thing seems acceptable. Incidentally, this is the method of persuasion DJT uses all the time.

    • February 17, 2017 at 17:44

      Yes, I was sucked in.

      • Twisted Root
        February 18, 2017 at 01:05

        I’m not any less susceptible, particularly where there is a pretty little creature involved. You know, like Debbie Harry for example.

  4. February 17, 2017 at 17:13

    But why in our world of advanced knowledge about the universe etc. should it be a Dr. Who. Why not a Dr. What? Something that slithers, has no legs and transmutes into large globs of squashy stuff at will. Any ideas for who might play that part?

  5. The EU is Dead
    February 17, 2017 at 17:27

    As this is all purely academic let me offer the only woman associated with the Dr Who circus who would have been up to the job of being a Doctor…

    …Elisabeth Sladen

    • February 17, 2017 at 17:46

      And she loved the show as much as Tom Baker.

  6. Penseivat
    February 17, 2017 at 22:34

    The series has been going downhill, for left wing political reasons, since David Tennant. If there has to be a female Dr Who, there is only one true applicant. A Kim Kardashian Dr would confirm that the series is now a load of arse.

  7. February 18, 2017 at 07:05

    Yes, saw you over at OoL.

    Just thinking, that show Andromeda had a character, Rommie:


    … who was actually the ship when she wanted. That’s a way to do it, as the Tardis is female.

  8. Henry Kaye
    February 18, 2017 at 11:06

    What’s Dr Who?

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