Fans of “Doctor Who” who want to see a female in the lead role of the Time Lord may be encouraged by a comment floated during a panel at the recent Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Variety reports that Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, was asked whether he would like to see a female Time Lord at some point, and responded, “I hope so.”
“Some fans of the show called for a female lead after the previous incarnation of the Doctor, Matt Smith, announced he was leaving the show in June 2013,” the story reports. “Helen Mirren announced her desire to play the character in 2011, saying, ‘I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to be just his sidekick.’”
“Doctor Who” executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat, meanwhile, has also hinted that he’s open to the idea, but he added that a female wouldn’t be cast in the role purely as a response to pressure.
Moffat is quoted as saying in May: “Do you know how it will happen? It will not happen that somebody sits down and says we must turn the Doctor into a woman. That is not how you cast the Doctor. A person will pop into the showrunner’s head and they’ll think. ‘Oh, my God, what if it was that person?’ And when that person is a woman, that’s the day it will happen.”
Smith was replaced by another male, Peter Capaldi, whose new “Doctor Who” launches Sunday on BBC America.