As most of you will know by now, the departure of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor in the 2013 Christmas Special was announced last night – and already, the press is busy predicting the identity of the Twelfth Doctor.
Today’s Sunday Times claims that the Twelfth Doctor may be a woman, saying:
THE Time Lord may be about to become a Time Lady. Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play Doctor Who, is to leave the series at the end of the year and could be replaced by a female Doctor for the first time.
Smith will depart after a 50th anniversary episode in November and then a Christmas special. Informed sources at the BBC suggest that his successor might be a woman.
Having a female Doctor could go some way to answering recent criticism that the plots have taken on too dark an edge but would upset some of the series’ purist fans.
The series, which ended initially in 1989 before being revived in 2005, has also faced criticism for its convoluted plots and suggestions of racism in not casting a black or Asian Doctor.
Now, it’s worth noting that this kind of rumour is inevitable once an actor announces their departure as the Doctor – but do you want to see an actress step into the role of the Doctor? Comment below!
[Source: Doctor Who TV]