There has been a lot of talk about the Doctor regenerating into a woman and like it or not, Doctor Who’s show runner, Steven Moffat, has said that it will happen at one point or another.
“We’ve been laying the possibility for an awfully long time, but you don’t cast that way,” he stated. “I know I’m going to get in trouble for saying that – you cast a person, you don’t cast the gender.”
According to Doctor Who TV’s recent poll, slightly over half the participants are against the idea – 53.53% to be more exact. However, these results suggest that fans are beginning to accept the idea, as two years ago only 13% wanted a female Doctor.
During an interview with Wales Online, Moffat said: “No one says you can’t [have a female Doctor]. It’s actually only since I took over the show that we have said it’s actually possible within the logic of the show.”
He continued: “The very first lines I wrote were Matt Smith checking if he had become a girl and then I put some dialogue in The Doctor’s Wife about it and in Night of The Doctor. And now of course we have had a female Master, with the Doctor not reacting to that fact at all. He doesn’t seem to register the fact that his old friend is now a woman. So obviously, he doesn’t think it’s a remarkable thing to happen. We must assume that gender is quite fluid on Gallifrey.”
Whilst talking about casting Peter Capaldi as the Doctor last year, Steven Moffat said that it didn’t feel right to cast a woman this time.
“I didn’t feel enough people wanted it […] Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get in trouble for saying this – were women. [They were] saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!'”
Now that people are warming to the idea of a female Doctor, especially after the Master’s regeneration, we are likely to see the Time Lord turn into one himself.
You may have also noticed that more and more women are getting involved behind the scenes of Doctor Who. Rachel Talalay directed Dark Water and Death in Heaven, whilst Sheree Folkson worked on In The Forest of The Night during the recent series. There are also rumours of Torchwood writer, Catherine Tregenna, writing an episode or two for series nine. If they prove to be true, she will be the first woman to write for the show since Helen Raynor, who wrote The Poison Sky and The Sontaran Stratagem back in 2008.