Doctor Who: BBC rule out a female Time Lord!


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.”

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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!”


  1. SamClemensRIGL on June 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Heaven forbid parents have to do parenting. What a shame.

  2. Swooper on June 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    It’s much more likely that the real reason is that they already have someone picked out and the writers have already started working on next season, but contract negotiations are still ongoing so they’re keeping mum and making half baked public statements until the end of the month.

  3. Avalon (@All4Av) on June 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Yeah, because obviously saying “He died and got a new body” just like the last 11 times wouldn’t work. Please BBC, if you’re going to be chauvinistic pigs, at least come up with a better excuse than “BUT, OH, THINK OF THE CHILDREN. WILL NOBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?” ¬¬

  4. Grant Neufeld on June 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    In addition to the concerns about transphobia, sexism, etc., I’m particularly bothered that this position excludes my personal favourite “dream Doctor”: Helen Mirren. There’s not another actor I’m aware of who would be more brilliant in the role.

    I realize that, even if they were open to a female Doctor, this would still be a pipe dream. But what a dream!

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