Sunday, July 31, 2016

Doctor Who: Time For a Woman

Art by Cherry Barrie

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Last week, we addressed the subject of an impossible (well, not very likely) casting option for the role of the Doctor. That option? Getting someone who played the Doctor to come back as the Doctor; in other words, have the Doctor regenerate into a face he had before.

However, another option for casting a new Doctor that has been dubbed as “impossible” in the past seems to be gaining more traction of late, the idea that the next Doctor could be a woman.

Click here for my theory on not only casting a woman as the Doctor but who that woman might be.

What brings this topic around once more is, ironically, Matt Smith. After being at the center of the rumor of wanting to come back and be the Doctor again (totally unfounded), it was Matt who broached the subject of a female Doctor. When a fan asked him how her daughter could become the Doctor, Smith said, "Well, she has a chance. I think a lady Doctor could be close. And would be fun. So practice, practice, practice. And talk really fast. And think really fast. And be really brave. And mad. And silly. And good luck maybe it will be you!"

Maybe Matt still keeps in touch with the Doctor Who gang and is letting slip some behind the scenes intel. Or maybe (and this is more likely) he’s got a play to promote and talking up the idea of Doctor Who starring a woman would definitely get some headline space.

But there is no denying that the subject of the Doctor regenerating into a woman keeps coming around and it’s not being pushed away. British actresses have expressed interest in not just being on Doctor Who as a companion but actually being the Doctor.  Current producer Steven Moffat is OK with it. Former cast members including Jenna Coleman, Catherine Tate and Colin Baker have said the time is right for a woman Doctor.

Incoming producer Chris Chibnall has kept his counsel on the subject but as I mentioned in the earlier post, there is some potential motivation on his part to roll the dice and be the one who makes the leap to present a female Doctor.

Joanna Lumley as the Doctor from
Curse of the Fatal Death

The problem with talking about a next Doctor is it feels like one is trying to hurry along the current Doctor. And I’m in no hurry to lose Peter Capaldi. My family recently began a rewatch of Series 9 and as much as I enjoyed Capaldi’s first year as the Doctor, he really kicks it up to a whole other level. I’m really looking forward to what he brings to Series 10 next year.

And speaking of Series 10, here is a pic of Peter with Pearl Mackie on location in Valencia, Spain filming an episode of Doctor Who.

I do enjoy when Doctor Who gets to spend some time outside of its own backyard and film in other countries. It really helps open the show up in a way that is different from shooting in Cardiff pretending to be London. It would be nice if Doctor Who could come back to America for a bit. Can you imagine the irascible 12th Doctor dealing with Americans?  

And speaking of America, Comic Con was last weekend and I was disappointed that Doctor Who did not have a presence there this year. I mean, Moffat was there but that was for Sherlock. (By the way, the new episodes won’t be coming our way until 2017 as well.) I had really hoped Doctor Who would have a panel and perhaps finally show us some sneak previews of the 2016 Christmas special and perhaps announce the return of John Barrowman’s Capt. Jack Harkness. But alas, ‘twas not to be.

And speaking of John Barrowman (this is the last of these “And speaking of..” bits, I promise), the man himself was on hand for Comic Con. The man is going to busy in DC Comics’ TV universe appearing once more on Arrow but also on The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. And who knows, maybe even Supergirl? But while Barrowman may be a DC guy, he does know his Marvel as we see here.

Yes, that’s John Barrowman cosplaying as Squirrel Girl.


OK, that’s that for today’s post. Another new post is on the blog tomorrow and I’ll be back with more Doctor Who stuff next Sunday. Until next time, remember to be good to one another.

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