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Helen Mirren wants to be Doctor Who

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, December 26, 2011

Six days ago one of England's tabloids got some attention when they ran a quote attributed to Dame Helen Mirren, the 67-year-old actress of The Debt, Red, Prime Suspect and Best Actress Oscar-winner for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Why? Because she wants to be the main Time Lord in Doctor Who.

"I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don't want to just be his sidekick," Mirren is quoted as telling the gossip section of The Daily Star. Strangely enough even for a tabloid, there's no accompaning background story for the Mirren quote; it's just there, published by the paper, with no reason given as to why Mirren was talking about her interest in Doctor Who. It seemed like such an out-of-left-field thing to say that Mirren might as well be asked what she thought of collecting candy bar wrappers, or if she favored cheap car insurance over the more expensive kind.

I had hoped that once the story was picked up and travelled around the Internet, someone would follow up with Mirren and find out more. Alas, nothing has emerged from the Christmas fog of the holidays, so all we have is what was first said: that she would like to play The Doctor.

While there had been female Time Lords shown in Doctor Who, there have only been men who have played the character in the BBC series since its beginning in 1963. Each time The Doctor regenerates he changes his appearance, thus providing the show's creators a means to introduce a new fresh face to play the character. Currently it's Matt Smith who plays the Eleventh Doctor on the show.

While there hasn't been a woman Doctor yet, the door was opened last season for the possibility. In one of last season's episodes The Doctor mentioned that it is possible for male Time Lords to renegerate into a female body, so it could happen. Also, actress Joanna Lumley played a female version of The Doctor in a comedy special, "The Curse of the Fatal Death", though this story isn't considered canon.

Matt Smith will return to Doctor Who next year, so if Helen Mirren wants the job she'll still have a year to wait.

-The Daily Star.
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Posted: 7 years 46 weeks ago

When he regenerated into the Eleventh Doctor, he felt his hair and said, "I'm a girl!" So it's certainly possible that one day The Doctor would regenerate into a female version. That said, my "grrl power" daughter hates the idea of a female Doctor. Go figure.

I'm not so opposed. It certainly would put a different perspective on the show, and after 50 years as a man, maybe it's time things got switched up for a bit.

Although I expect that this was just some trolling from The Star, Helen Mirren certainly has a smidge of acting credibility, and if she wants the role, I'd be inclined to give her a season to start with.

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Posted: 7 years 46 weeks ago

 Emma! Look! I've got etheric beam locators! - 13th Doctor* 

 

  the 11th doctor has even stated that The Corsair another renegade time lord. as decribed by The Doctor as one of the good ones, but a the same time The Doctor has claimed that The Corsair on countless regenerations had been a bad boy, and once or twice a very bad girl.  This would open the option up for a femail doctor, and it's not past Steven Moffat's writting as seen in Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death. 

 *Played by Joanna Lumley