After bookies William Hill revealed that the new Doctor Who to replace Matt Smith when he leaves at Christmas was odds on 8/1 to be a female, bosses at the BBC have come out to rule this out as an option.
Current Time Lord, Matt Smith, confirmed yesterday that he was leaving the iconic BBC family entertainment sci-fi drama, causing fans and experts alike to start guessing just who would fill his very large boots.
As we reported earlier today, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and Mr & Mrs star Russell Tovery were firm favourites at 10/1, whilst the 8/1 odds that the next Doctor would be a woman had former Time Lord companion Billie Piper as the front female runner.
According to The Daily Star newspaper, bosses at the BBC have ruled out a female Doctor, which Sue Perkins and Miranda Hart were both being linked to also, as they feel that it would cause upset amongst its younger viewers, and awkward conversations about sex changes with their parents.
Confirming this decision, Russell T Davies explained to the publication how this mega change would never be allowed because it is “a family show”, adding:
“While I think kids will not have a problem with a female Doctor, I think fathers will have a problem with it.
“That’s because they will then imagine they will have to describe sex changes to their children.”
Meanwhile show boss Steven Moffat, added: “Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor.”
The new Doctor will be revealed at Christmas, much like his current companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman was, who commented on Smiths’ decision to leave:
“It will be a very difficult goodbye for me.
“I feel so privileged to have been part of Matt’s reign, to have to been companion to what is and what I think always will be one of our greatest Doctors.
“I look forward to welcoming the next Doctor. But it’s not over till it’s over. See ya at the big 5-0!”