Speculation has been rife on who will be handed the keys to the TARDIS once the Twelfth Doctor regenerates at Christmas (if not sooner…) and despite a flurry of punters staking their money on the likes of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, Chewing Gum actress Michaela Coel, and, of course, Tilda Swinton, it looks as though it we won’t be ushering in our first female Doctor just yet.
Now, this is sketchy at best but the BBC have made something of an announcement after a father of a young Doctor Who fan wrote to the Beeb expressing his concern that the change of gender might confuse his kids.
Surprisingly, the Beeb wrote back.
Complaints Officer Joanne Coyne wrote in reply:
“We appreciate that you’re a big Doctor Who fan and you have concerns that the programme would change should there be a female doctor.
“Be assured there are currently no plans to have a female Doctor Who.”
They also said their worries would be passed onto senior managers and programme makers “including the Doctor Who team”.
So that’s it then? Well, not quite. The BBC publicity machine sprang into action and issued a rather more open ended statement:
“No casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11.”
Who knows what the truth is behind that missive to the Complaints department, considering the source of this news I wouldn’t be surprised if that father wasn’t a Mr R. Murdoch. Conversely, there’s no way to confirm that this is either a leak by the Beeb themselves or just an employee who has gone rogue and given a direct answer to a genuine query based on the information they currently have….which is the same information as the rest of us.
Either way, we’re still no closer to knowing who the next Doctor will be. Male or Female.