Former Doctor Peter Davison Talks: Having A Female Doctor On Doctor Who

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The idea of a female Doctor has been floating around for a while now, and talk of it has intensified since recent events (SPOILERS FOR THOSE NOT CAUGHT UP ON SEASON 8) indicated that Time Lords can switch genders during regeneration...but Fifth Doctor Peter Davison doesn’t seem to think it a good idea to make the show's beloved protagonist a woman.

Davison is currently in Australia, playing the role of narrator in the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. This is what he said in an interview with ABC News:

“I speak now as a fan who grew up watching it. I have trouble with the idea of a female Doctor, only because I reckon if you're born on Gallifrey a man, you're probably a male Time Lord.”

He went on to explain that the success of modern Doctor Who relies on the dynamic of a “troubled Doctor” with a strong female companion. Basically, he wants our beloved Time Lord to remain a guy.

“It seems to me if you reverse that, if you have an uncertain, fallible female Doctor with a really strong male companion, you've got more of a stereotype than anything else.”

I understand what Peter is trying to say. I too think that it is weird that Gallifreyans can switch genders when they regenerate. (But i guess he is a Alien flying around in a telephone box). But since they have already shown us that a Gallifreyans can change genders when they regenerate. Then i think that maybe they should try a female Doctor! I mean Missy was great in my opinion. What do you think?

Steven Moffat recently hinted that a female Doctor could very well be in the BBC show’s future; especially since the Who showrunner turned the Master’s gender on its head during the show’s eighth season by making the Doctor’s long-time nemesis into "Missy" (Michelle Gomez).

Do you agree with Peter Davison, or do you think the time is right for a woman to take the helm of the TARDIS?