It started as an April Fools joke. The Doctor Who fansite doctorwhotv.com posted a story claiming that new season seven companion Jenna-Louise Coleman would be the first female Doctor Who and regnerate during this years Christmas Special of the show.
Just a funny April Fools rumour, right? Perhaps not.
A day later, British newspaper The Express ran a story which claimed to have information from a inside mole stating that the showrunners of the cult science fiction show were in fact planning on changing the gender of the doctor and even went on to name a serious contender for the role.
However, it won’t come as soon as the Christmas special, the mole says. Apparently it’s being saved for the show’s 50th anniversary next year and Sherlock’s Lara Pulver (who starred as Irene Addler in A Scandal In Belgravia) is in serious contention to land the role.
“The 50th anniversary series will end with a very big twist,” the mole told the Express. “The Doctor becoming a woman will give the show a new lease of life.”
So is it just an elaborate April Fools joke which duped a major UK newspaper or is it really a possibility? Neither option would surprise me, but will a female doctor go over well with the die hard fans? Me? I’m not too sure on the matter. I think Lara’s a great actress, but a woman Doctor? I think they’d have to do something fantastical in order for that notion to sit well with me, but maybe I’m just set in my ways.
What about you? Do you think this is even a possibility? Do you think changing the Doctor’s gender will make the show any less awesome? Please let me know in the comments below!
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