Doctor Who fans split in the debate as to whether Sue Perkins (or any woman at all) should be the new Doctor!

by Lynn Connolly

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Fans of Doctor Who may be aware that of late, it’s been rumoured that Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has been put forward as a possible candidate to play the next incarnation of the Doctor…

And it’s an issue that seems to have split fans of the long-running sci-fi drama right down the middle, with many fans expressing their delight at the prospect that Sue could the new Doctor, while just as many are horrified at the prospect that Sue, or any woman for that matter, could star as the Time… Lady (I guess).

The Mirror reports that sci-fi website Scifind first put forward the notion that Sue could play the Doctor, and in a tweet to the site’s owners, Sue remarked that she was “beyond flattered” that they’re so keen for her to join the show.

However, on Twitter user then remarked, “Please Doctor who fans use your bloody brains, we dont want sue perkins as the doctor.

“The Doctor is a MAN and always will be a MAN”

Another added, “If sue perkins becomes the next doctor I will never watch doctor who again.”


Last year, show writer Steven Moffat first mooted the idea that the next Doctor could be female during a special screening event in New York.

He said, “It is a part of Timelord law that it can happen…

“I put the reference in actually in Doctor’s Wife episode to the fact that a Timelord could potentially turn into a woman.

“Who knows, the more often it is talked about the more likely it is to happen.

“Someday I suppose would be the answer to that.”

And Torchwood star John Barrowman added, “I think a female doctor might work, you never know. The audience might not like that…

“I know there’s a lot of young girls and women who would love that.

“I think that maybe they should go out on a limb next time and try it.

“That always stirs things up a little bit and makes things exciting and it’s nice to see different things and challenges happen like that.”

Soooo, where do you stand on the issue? Is a female Doctor a good plan and overdue? Or does it fill you with horror?

Let us know! For now, here’s a trailer for the show’s forthcoming new series…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.


  1. James Black on February 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Doctor Who is a male part. It’s like discussing why a man has never played Miss Marple, who will be the first woman to play Sherlock Holmes… It’s a topic that seems to be brought up purely to create heated, polemic conversation.

    However, for the sake of argument, I anticipate that were it to occur, the show would lose far my audience members than it would gain. Thus sending it back into the abyss for another 20 year break. I wonder if any fans of the show want to risk that.

  2. Andreas Skyman on February 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I see no reason why Sherlock could not be reimagined as a female character, he is genderless enough in the books, but with the Doctor, Timelord-physiology being what it is, I see it as even less problematic.

    There is nothing in the canon which forbids it, as Moffat says, and that something has hitherto been the case doesn’t preclude alternatives. I for one would love to see a female lead as 12th Doctor.

  3. Kate on February 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I honestly don’t want a woman to be the next Doctor because I’m way too fond of fan-girling over him. Technically, it could happen, but I don’t want it to just yet. Besides, it was mentioned somewhere in the show that they can somewhat control how they’ll regenerate, so he’d probably have to try to become a woman, which I see as unlikely.

  4. Alessandra on February 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I believe that the doctor is really a mans part. I mean how will river song work if its a woman. and personally i think that the doctor just seems right for it to be him and a woman sidekick. It just feels right. i mean he has been a man for so long how could he possibly just turn into a woman!!!

  5. Eddie on March 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I think the Dr could be female. Personally I think someone like Judi Dench could do great things with the role.

    I do however agree with the comment, “If sue perkins becomes the next doctor I will never watch doctor who again.”

    A. She is too young (I think Matt Smith is too young and would be twice as good as he is now if he had the part 10 years later)
    B. I personally find Sue Perkins ascerbic and dry with little track record to merit taking on such a prestigious role.

    I think Dr Who is big enough to stand above gender all that is needed are character actors that are capable of showing the mercurial humanity and depth of the character in whatever form.

  6. Mary on March 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I can see the next doctor as a woman but not sue perkins and also not yet. Also i agree with James Black. If this were to happen the show might lose its audience and send it into another 20 year break! I also agree with Alessandra, How is river song supposed to work out?
    I think making the doctor a woman is just creating many uneeded problems for the doctor, steve moffat, and the audience

  7. Allie on March 7, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I think that if the doctor is a woman it would (like mary said) send doctor who into another twenty year break and create alot of uneeded problems. I just dont think they should make the doctor a woman just yet.

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