Despite the casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, the debate still continues over the idea of a female Doctor. In a recent interview, executive producer Steven Moffat revealed that he is ‘reasonably confident’ that the Timelord will one day be played by a female actress.
He told Nerd Cubed:
“The problem with this whole [female Doctor] argument is everybody [just] says ‘a woman’ – you don’t ever cast ‘a man’ as the Doctor, you cast a particular man.
“One day I’m reasonably confident somebody in this [showrunner] role – whether it’s me or someone else – will say not, ‘Let’s cast a woman’, they’ll say, ‘That person, that’s the one who could the be the Doctor’.”
Moffat explained that the casting process was not about “casting a gender”, saying:
“You’re just casting someone that you think will set that role on fire. I think for now that is Peter – I thought it was Matt [Smith] before – it’s not about the gender thing.”