Belfast Telegraph

Karen Gillan still wants a female Doctor after reports the next Time Lord will be male

The BBC has reportedly ruled out an actress in the lead role.

Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has championed a female Time Lord following reports that Peter Capaldi’s successor will be male.

The 29-year-old Scottish actress played companion Amy Pond for two years alongside Matt Smith’s Doctor.

Her comments came after a BBC employee reportedly confirmed there are no plans for a woman to take on the title role in the hit series.

Speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Karen expressed her disappointment.

She told the Press Association: “Nooooo. It’s OK, maybe next time.

“I trust the BBC and their choices and they haven’t failed us yet with the Doctor.

“But it would be cool to see a woman in the role one day because a woman could absolutely play that role.”

Speculation has been rife that actresses including Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer and Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman could be in the running for the top job.

However, a BBC complaints officer has ruled that out, the Sun reported.

After a Doctor Who fan filed an official complaint to the BBC expressing concerns that switching the gender of the role would confuse his children, complaints officer Joanne Coyne reportedly wrote back: “We appreciate that you’re a big Doctor Who fan and you have concerns that the programme would change should there be a female Doctor.

“Be assured there are currently no plans to have a female Doctor Who.”

She added that the concerns would be passed on to senior managers and programme makers “including the Doctor Who team”, the newspaper said.

Peter will step down from the role as the Time Lord after the 2017 Christmas special, alongside lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

Actors tipped to take over from Peter include former Death In Paradise star Kris Marshall and Homeland actor David Harewood.

A BBC spokesman told the Press Association: “No casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11.”


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