Carry on, Doctor

DAVID Tennant is quoted in today’s Herald as suggesting that Billie Piper could be cast as the next Doctor.

No.

No, no, no, no, no.

The Doctor is a bloke. You wouldn’t cast a woman as James Bond, would you?

And what worries me is not Tennant’s comments as such, but the fact that in the episode “The Doctor’s Daughter” from the last season, the eponymous heroine, played by Georgia Moffett, was “resurrected” at the suggestion of one Steven Moffatt, who will be taking over as executive producer on the show at exactly the same time as the 11th Doctor is introduced.

I fear a conspiracy.

Speculation about a female Doctor always emerges when the incumbent announces his departure. The first time I was aware of such theories was in 1974 when Jon Pertwee left the role. I remember, in a state of high dudgeon, saying to a friend: “They can’t have a woman – they’d have to rename it Nurse Who!”

I do hope Harriet doesn’t read this blog.

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9 responses to “Carry on, Doctor

  1. Perhaps he meant Bobby Piper? My diary is fairly free if they’re asking.

  2. El Toro

    A female doctor…Hmmm… How about Judi Dench – In a way I can picture that – either that or Dawn French!

  3. John

    Since when have female doctors been referred to as nurse?
    (perhaps this is some Labour conspiracy to demote female doctors to nurses) 🙂

    Surely a Timelord can manifest itself into any gender or being?

  4. Hattie Jacques Fan

    No, not Nurse Who, but Matron Who – “I don’t care if you are a Dalek, you will NOT exterminate people in MY hospital!”
    Preferably with Sid James and Kenneth Williams as her assistants.

  5. Dave H.

    Regarding James Bond (and remembering Yes Minister) with the arrival of Judi Dench, ‘M’ did indeed become ‘F’. The Bond character was written as a male and can’t really be changed, any more than Jane Eyre can be a man. Unfortunately Dr Who re-incarnates completely, and a Time Lady is at least plausible. Might she have a relentless enemy called the Mistress?

    Whilst I also have a minor gut feeling against a female Dr Who, what is the definition of gender-stereotyping? Could that be it? Most of the Dr Who villains have been male or male-ish, presumably to seem more threatening and gain less sympathy when they’re bumped off, in addition to good old-fashioned sexism. I don’t recall anyone peeking under a Dalek so they have to remain neutral, though I imagine if they exist, Cyberwomen could look pretty hot.

    I don’t know the right word for the sense of mild despair when a treasured character is transformed, really beyond recognition, and at the same time you are unable to defend arguments for keeping it the same. Incidentally, most Harrietism* seems to take the form of a righteous enthusiasm for substituting one form of discrimination with another. She must have an unusual take on the MLK speech:

    “I have a dream, that one day my little children will live in a nation where they are judged not by the content of their character but by their gender and the colour of their skin.” But this is off-topic.

    Sadly, in this case “why not a female Dr Who?” is pretty hard to counter, like arguing against the Misses joining the Mr Men.

    Personally I’d have no problem if the Dr Who job went back to Tom Baker. He remains my favourite, and think of the plot twists around being re-reincarnated. From his recent HIGNFY performance, he certainly remains sufficiently eccentric & unpredictable. On second thoughts maybe he wouldn’t be quite as good now he’s sober.

    *If disparaging a colleague (and for all I know, friend) of yours means this is comment is moderated into the ether: fair enough. Though I think it fair to say that she has an unusually wide range of responsibilities and some of her ideas are controversial (right to put that differently elsewhere reserved).

  6. Dave H.

    Regarding James Bond (and remembering Yes Minister) with the arrival of Judi Dench, ‘M’ did indeed become ‘F’. The Bond character was written as a male and can’t really be changed, any more than Jane Eyre can be played by a man. Unfortunately Dr Who re-incarnates completely, and a Time Lady is at least plausible. Might she have a relentless enemy called the Mistress?

    Whilst I also have a minor gut feeling against a female Dr Who, what is the definition of gender-stereotyping? Could that be it? Most of the Dr Who villains have been male or male-ish, presumably to seem more threatening and gain less sympathy when they’re bumped off, in addition to good old-fashioned sexism. I don’t recall anyone peeking under a Dalek so they have to remain neutral, though I imagine if they exist, Cyberwomen could look pretty hot.

    I don’t know the right word for the sense of mild despair when a treasured character is transformed, really beyond recognition, and at the same time you are unable to defend arguments for keeping it the same. Incidentally, most Harrietism* seems to take the form of a righteous enthusiasm for substituting one form of discrimination with another. She must have an unusual take on the MLK speech:

    “I have a dream, that one day my little children will live in a nation where they are judged not by the content of their character but by their gender and the colour of their skin.” But this is off-topic.

    Sadly, in this case “why not a female Dr Who?” is pretty hard to counter, like arguing against the Misses joining the Mr Men.

    Personally, I’d have no problem if the Dr Who job went back to Tom Baker. He remains my favourite, and think of the plot twists around being re-reincarnated. From his recent HIGNFY performance, he certainly remains sufficiently eccentric & unpredictable. On second thoughts maybe he wouldn’t be quite as good now he’s sober.

    *If disparaging a colleague (and for all I know, friend) of yours means this is comment is moderated into the ether: fair enough. Though I think it fair to say that she has an unusally wide range of responsibilities and some of her ideas are controversial (right to put that differently elsewhere reserved).

  7. I think it’s an excellent idea.

  8. Jamie B

    For the first time in as long as I can remember I actually agree with a politician on something. You cannot cast a woman as the Doctor. If the first or second was a Doctor then it might be part of the aura that would allow it. But now it is too wrong.

    Would you cast a white or asian as Shaft, NO!

    Would you cast a black or asian as Bond, NO!

    Would you cast a yank as Robin Hood, Sorry really bad example. But I am sure you get the point.

  9. timbone

    It’s a sign of the times. Maybe Nu Labour have set the precedent by having a cabinet which is full of women, whatever their gender!

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