8 Female Candidates Who Could Theoretically Play the 12th Doctor in 'Doctor Who'
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8 Female Candidates Who Could Theoretically Play the 12th Doctor in Doctor Who

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 27, 2012 | Comments ()


The prospect of a female Doctor has been floated in the past, but "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat introduced the possibility in an interview over the weekend ahead of next Saturday's seventh-season debut.

'Can I just ask, how many people would continue watching quite happily and believe it was the same person if the Doctor turned into a woman?'

While the response was inconclusive, he added: 'It is a part of Time Lord law that it can happen.

'I put the reference in the episode The Doctor's Wife to the fact that a Time Lord could potentially turn into a woman.

'Who knows, the more often it is talked about the more likely it is to happen some day, suppose.'

It's that last quote that I'm particularly fond of: "The more it is talked about the more likely it is to happen some day." Naturally, I want to do my part in keeping the conversation -- and thus, the possibility -- alive, so I present you with eight possibilities who I believe would appropriately combine gravitas and playfulness to create an ideal female doctor.

Felicity Jones


Keeley Hawes


Lara Pulver


Michelle Dockery

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Emma Watson

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Romola Garai


Jessica Hynes


Helen Mirren


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  • that guy.

    emma watson? if that happens, i am going to be hanging out with my sonic screwdriver much more.

  • Gellarfan666

    Ohmigod. Helen Mirren would be bloody brilliant. I would so pay to see that.

  • Arro

    Gina Bellman. She would make the perfect doctor. And she has Moffat connections.

  • RocksEaglesHats

    Eve Best.

  • hater from siloam springs

    Only Hellen Mirren qualifies. The rest are too fay, too youthful and superficial.

  • Carmilla

    Mirren would be cool. Or Tilda Swinton, as she has a natural "alien" thing about her. Michelle Dockery would work, as well. Her portrayal of Susan in "Hogfather" was probably the best female performance in a fantasy movie, ever. They'd probably skew younger, as has been the recent case.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Aw, but can The Doctor turn into a non-Brit?

  • Steve Ward

    Of this list, Lara Pulver with ease. She'd be perfect for all of the Doctor's trademark quirky dialogue.

  • I_Sell_Books

    Romola Garai, Emma Thompson, & Helen Mirren? Fabulous choices...I think Keeley Hawes would be a little too brittle for it.

  • Emma Watson, forever. It has to be done.

  • bunnyfish

    I think Maxine Peake should be included as she is kinda weird and I love her.

  • Corvus

    Aside from the Time Empress Mirren, I would have suggested Swinton. She can do alien.

  • TheOtherGreg

    Dustin Romney'd the header pic!

  • BarbadoSlim

    Helen Mirren.
    The rest of them are either too young or lacking in gravitas necessary for the role.

  • Blake

    How about?

    Jessica Brown Findlay


    Eva Green


  • John W

    Eva Green. Good call.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    She's French. No dice.

  • Nilf

    I nearly peed myself when I read this.

  • Mirren says she wants to do it. That has to count for something. Even if she only did a few episodes before regenerating due to her schedule, it would be fantastic.

    They should go whole hog and cast Helen Mirren in ginger face as the next Doctor.

  • BWeaves

    No, no, no, too young, and (Mirren) too sexy.

    The Doctor needs to be more, um, interesting looking, and older.

    I would vote for Alex Kingston, if she wasn't already River Song, and Penelope Wilton, if she wasn't already Prime Minister. What about Imelda Stauton? Or Judi Dench? Maggi Smith would be awesome. Brenda Blethyn? Helena Bonham-Carter (for the Master?). Pauline Collins? Angela Lansbury? Julie Walters? Emma Thompson?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Imelda Staunton...very good interesting choice.

  • John W

    1. Helen Mirren

    2. Lara Pulver

    3. Lindsay Duncan


    Dark Horse candidate: Tamsin Greig (Episodes)

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Ooh, would Lindsay Duncan be kinda reincarnated as the Doctor? That could be very interesting.

  • Anne At Large

    Loved Tamsin Greig in her insane Who bit part, she'd be an amazing Doctor!

  • Jim

    Yes, Dame Helen gets first refusal but OMFG Tamsin Greig would be perfect. She can shift from funny to serious and back on a dime. OH god yes I'm fainting...

  • Guest

    Once again my mega-crush Hermione Norris is overlooked.

  • hazbear01

    I'm with you all the way on that one.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Wait - girls can't be doctors! Math is too hard. And don't get me started on organic chem. . . .

  • Stephen Nein

    I don't care if the new doctor wears a skirt, I just want her to be less enthusiastic ABOUT EVERYTHING.

  • brite

    Helen Mirren is the only contender here.

  • this list needs more gingers

  • BobbFrapples

    Emma Thompson!

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh my, yes. Why is Emma Thompson not in everything? With Alan Rickman as The Master.

  • AliasRY


  • Tinkerville

    Good god, yes!

  • DontPanic

    Jessica Hynes was already in two episodes with the 10th doctor. How come all your suggestions are Anglo women? Why not a black or asian female doctor?

  • Milly

    Well, can you put forward a suitable British actress then that would fit the non-white role?

  • gunter

    i vote for Mirren .....

  • Skyler Durden is not logged in

    I remember hearing whispers/rumors a few years back they they were throwing around Jennifer Saunders as a possibility. A possibility that I will remain obsessed with until someone makes it happen.

    Although Helen Mirren is a tasty option as well.

  • Hazel Dean

    I agree! After all, Joanna Lumley's had a crack:


  • The Kilted Yaksman

    Michelle Dockery or Hellen Mirren. The Swinton would, of course, be my first choice, but it doesn't seem like her kind of gig.

  • Jeannine

    Romola Garai should be in everything.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    Mr Smith agrees.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    What about Jennifer Ehle?

  • almond

    No way. I will forever resent her for how she portrayed Lizzie Bennet.

  • Pants-are-a-must


  • almond

    I'm in the minority, I know. But I stand by what I said. And, trust me, it was painful to arrive at this conclusion, because P&P '95 is my favourite version.
    But after years and years of rewatching, it was harder to ignore that there was very little archness and playfulness in the way she portrayed the character. She only really shines in the scenes where there is plenty of emotional charge, like the proposal and the Lydia drama. But the rest of the time I want to smack her upside the head whenever she rolls her eyes or makes her deslike painfully obvious. How Darcy could ever think she liked him is beyond me.
    So there, my unfortunate two scents. I'm ready for the close up and the stoning now.

  • Lee

    Well lets be the minority together then! Lizzy was supposed to be very young and playful - Jennifer plays her like a 50 year old; so stiff and mannered (like the overall series). Kiera suited the role much better.
    Ehle would be awful as the Doctor.


  • FrayedMachine

    Oh my god. If Jessica Hynes was the new doctor... well, I'm not ashamed to say that I might piddle myself a little.

  • sacripanta

    Katherine Parkinson or bust.

  • TheOtherGreg

    That would work.

  • I love Jessica Hynes, and would love any opportunity to see more of her, but she couldn't play the doctor, she's already played his love interest.

  • Resa Anderson

    You left Ruth Wilson off that list.

  • Wait...Dame Helen, but not Judi Dench? C'mon.

  • Stellamaris2012

    Sadly, Dame Judi is going blind and is retiring from acting, so I doubt that would work.
    Dame Helen, though, hot damn.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Mirren can do absurd, dark and funny. I'm not so sure Dench would be able to do that.

  • Rubbish. Dench has done funny and dark well previously, and one can't get more absurd than the "American" accents in "As Time Goes By". (Seriously, BBC, just hire American actors.) But if I had heard that Dame Judi was losing her eyesight I had forgotten it. That is indeed a pity.

  • Stellamaris2012

    I'd read she was suffering from macular degeneration and basically had to have her last Bond script read to her because she can't make out the words anymore. It's tragic really. That woman's voice and delivery will be sadly missed.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That's a shame.

  • Rochelle

    I wasn't under the impression that Emma Watson could act - were those parts cut out of the Harry Potter movies? But I would be all over Helen Mirren or Jessica Hynes.

  • randomhookup

    Which is why both women have bodyguards.

  • Samantha Klein

    Helen Mirren is the best choice ever in the history of the universe. I have a pathological aversion to the new Doctor Who, and I would totally watch her. Probably.

  • James West

    Kelly Brook constantly in a bikini or nude.

  • Tinkerville

    Also, Carey Mulligan (ideally as Sally Sparrow, impossibilities of that aside) and Rose Leslie.

  • branded_redux

    Based her work on GoT, Rose Leslie has experience playing both ginger AND rude.

  • Kala

    OOH! Rose Leslie?! I can dig that! She could definitely round out a top three alongside Mirren and Mortimer.

  • TheOtherGreg

    Ruth Wilson. That is all.

  • jthomas666

    Lara Pulver as the Doctor, Ruth Wilson as The Master.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Only as long as they get to hate-fuck each other every episode. Or hate-make out. Whatever, I'm not really that demanding.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Seriously? Someone disliked my comment? Why? You don't enjoy two disturbingly (as in kinda scary) hot British chicks make out? Are you a terrorist?

  • Mrs. Julien

    It's my understanding that some people find the term "hate-fu*k" objectionable.

  • Oh yes, this is right.

  • Kip Hackman

    This. Forever and ever and ever.

  • Millionsv

    Emily Mortimer would be fantastic, if she jumps off the sinking Newsroom ship!

  • blorft

    I love this idea. She's such a fun actress when she's smart, empathetic, and slightly quirky character. She deserves better than having to go into a hysterical fit every five minutes on film.

  • Guest

    Emily WATSON. Ohemgee.

  • Snath

    Oh god, Helen Mirren would be crazy.

  • Thank goodness you put Helen Mirren on here, or I would call shenanigans. Shenanigans, I say! Of course, Dame Helen may not wish to do it, in which case I could endorse most of the others (I am not familiar with all of them).

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