The Bank of England is inviting nominations for its new £50 note. However, they aren’t interested in nominations of persons who travel through time and space in a TARDIS. Sorry, Doctor.
Doctor Who fans may be hoping to nominate the new Doctor for this prestigious position. After all, what Whovian would turn down the opportunity for real Doctor Who themed money? Sadly, Governor Mark Carney has stated, “I’m afraid Time Lords [ . . . ] are ineligible” in relation to the idea.
The appropriate nominees are said to be individuals who have contributed to the field of science. These nominations must also be persons who are not currently alive, have shaped thoughts and inspired people. That certainly sounds like the Doctor –but wait… Nominations must also be persons who are real, not fictional characters. There’s always a catch, isn’t there?
Time for the ‘Note’ to ‘Change’?
No woman has ever been featured on the reverse side of a £50 note. As such, the Bank of England may be expected to select a female nominee this year. This is the first time we’ve had a female Doctor to nominate, so what better time is there? The governor assured everyone that Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will not be taking that position, however. The Doctor is not eligible “regardless of gender”, according to Carney who announced the project. Carney suggested they are looking for an individual from Great Britain and Northern Ireland who has made “an invaluable contribution to UK society”. This contribution could be through exceptional leadership, innovations in their field or helping to shape society.
“As has always been the case, the Bank will not represent living people or fictional characters on our banknotes, so I’m afraid Time Lords of whatever gender are ineligible!” — Mark Carney
Don’t go thinking you’ll just vote for the Doctor thousands of times and force her to be selected. The Bank of England is not obligated to use the top voted individual if they do not fit the qualifications.
The current £50 note features Matthew Boulton and James Watt. If you wish to participate in nominating a human scientist from the UK visit the Bank of England website and cast your vote.
You may not be able to see the Doctor on your bank notes but you can watch her on television every Sunday on BBC1 and BBC America.