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Stephen Moffat talks gender on Gallifrey and confirms The Doctor could be female at some point

December 9th, 2014 by Marc 4 Comments

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Now that things have finally died down over the changing of the Master to a woman – it was great, wasn’t it? – Doctor Who showrunner Stephen Moffat has decided to open up about the gender issue on Gallifrey.

Speaking to Wales Online, Moffat says: “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.

“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 the 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.”

The current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, tells SFX Magazine: “There easily could be a female Doctor. I think the next time might be a female Doctor. I don’t see why not. I think it’s good to do that.

“I think with Missy that was just a great idea. You wanted to keep it a surprise and that was the best way to do it, but yes, it does suggest all kinds of interesting stuff. They have a total love/hate relationship anyway but they were both men for a long time, and still have that love-hate relationship, and we will see more of that probably. It’s interesting, being able to swap like that. I think it’s good.”

So, let the nerdy rage go… do you think we could – or should – see a female Doctor and do you think the introducing of Missy is a ploy to see how the audience might accept such a move? Let us know…

Source: Doctor Who TV

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • kluesner

    NO no no. The doctor can not be a women if he dose most of the time is going to be about how he is women. “Wow I got boobs” “My mother always wanted a girl.” It was funny when he did it in Curse of The Fatal Death. But to try to do it the show will not work. And if the women doctor is the one to be a ginger I will walk away for Doctor Who until she dies.

  • DanDan

    Sorry but i have to agree Mr literate above/below It just wouldn’t feel the same, I’m in no way sexist I love strong female characters, but changing something that fundamental would just be a step to far, the master fine we don’t get to see every episode. what about when you first change and you are like boobs! fanny! surely being a man all those 1000+ years would make you a very confused being about yourself, and I don’t mean sexuality wise. Your are completely different state of being, an almost different species to an extent.
    Yes some of the repercussions could be amusing but i’m sure loads of episodes of returning 1000+ years into a woman would grate, where in lies the problem. We WOULD want explanations now it’s happened to the doctor and if they weren’t suitable to the vast majority or they casually glazed it over many would go feeling quite angry or bemused.

  • Jenna2784

    Personally I think they should let by gones be by gones and make Time Lord babies! Just kidding. I really hope the Doctor is never a woman. Just wouldn’t be the same.

    • Todd Black

      Really? Even if they find a good and plausible reason for the Doctor to become a woman? I.E. not just a random regeneration with a gender swap?

      I think there’s potential if done right. Obviously if done wrong it’ll be a disaster. But I think it could be done, and at least should be considered.

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