Doctor Who: Helen Mirren says 12th Doctor should be black, gay and female!

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Since the announcement that current Time Lord, Matt Smith, is to leave Doctor Who this Christmas the entire nation has been discussing just who should take over the iconic role.

One person in particular has had a lot to say on the matter, Helen Mirren the actress that people believed could well be the first ever female Doctor. The legendary star’s latest comments on the role do seem to rule her out somewhat as she has stated that she believes the 12th Doctor Who should be black, female and gay!

Several rumours have been circulating that the next casting could see the 50 year old show move with the politically correct times and make way for a black or female Time Lord, with suggestions ranging from Coronation Street actor Craig Charles to Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris.

But, after being one of the first names thrown into the hat, Helen Mirren hasn’t left many possible candidates with her opinion.

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Discussing the subject on ITV breakfast show, Daybreak, the actress denied that she would not be Tardis hopping herself, explaining to show host Aled Jones:

“I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who, no, no, no, absolutely not, I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that…but I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who…I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all.”

Whilst all this speculation is still very much on everyone’s lips, the BBC have yet to make a decision or announcement with regards to Smith’s replacement, but several of the actors who had been linked to the role have come out to hint that they would happily accept the job.


Homeland actor David Harewood even went as far as to say what he would do with the Doctor should he play him to Entertainment Weekly:

“Not to… put too dark a pun on it, but I would make him darker. I would like to make this guy a bit of a bad*** if I was to do it.”

However, he had to admit that he thought it unlikely that he would be getting the call from the BBC:

“It’s only rumours but it’s amazing to be attached to such an iconic role. It would be extraordinary if the BBC were to make me the first black Doctor Who, it would be extraordinary. But I’m almost scared to make any comment whatsoever.

“I was in David Tennant’s final episode… so [me replacing Matt Smith] probably wouldn’t happen anyway.”