Dame Helen Mirren on who should play the next Doctor on the BBC’s Doctor Who.
“I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to just be his sidekick.” - Mirren two years previously, admitting she would like to do something with the role.
Not a surprising sentiment from an actress who, in 2010, played the role of Prospero (actually Prospera) in Julie Taymor's film production of The Tempest. I think she knows a little something about playing what is traditionally a man's role, and she was awesome in that film. She could totally pull of the Doctor, no doubt about it.
Every time there's talk of an upcoming regeneration, I'm always among those supporting the idea of a female Doctor. We even have a good excuse this time - Clara's DNA going all up and down his timeline like that, bound to be a little crossover in the chromosomes. But obviously, it's hard to go against 50 years and 11 actors' worth of tradition/precedents. Would a major star like Mirren be exactly the kind of choice to make this change acceptable to viewers? Could someone like her sell the idea better than a comedienne like Arabellla Weir (named solely because she played the Doctor in an Unbound audio)?
I'm not holding out much hope, but the idea has intrigued me at least since I saw Joanna Lumley play the Doctor as a joke in Moffat's The Curse of Fatal Death Who spoof. I'd love to see it happen some day. I'm not expecting a lot of comments agreeing with me.
Additional reading: Casting the Time Lady