It all started with a tweet.
You know by now that Hayley Atwell is fandom's darling. If you don't know her, she's currently best-known for her role as Peggy Carter on Marvel's Agent Carter. And fans love her. Not only does she tweet about fan art, but she demands better representation from Hollywood. And a few days ago, a fan asked her an innocent question. "Would you like to be on Doctor Who?"
She would like to BE Doctor Who.
That's right, she's ready to play the titular Time Lord. If you're not familiar with Doctor Who, the main character is a Time Lord. You know, an alien. He doesn't die per se, he regenerates. That's how Matt Smith and David Tennant have both played the same character. And we learned that Time Lords are able to regenerate as a different assigned gender. Which means that it's totally canonically possible for the next Doctor to be played by a woman.
While there's no reason to think this will happen any time soon, who would you want to play the Doctor?
I'll include my picks- share your own in the comments!
Since she's the one that started this whole thing (and I totally have a crush on her), she'd be my top pick. She's a very talented actress, she LOVES everything geeky, and I'm sure she'd bring passion and enthusiasm to the role. All of the people who have played the Doctor in recent years have celebrated the character and the spirit of the show, and I have no doubt she'd do the same.
Because she's so well-established, working for Doctor Who would essentially be a charity project for Mirren. That being said, she would bring both gravitas and warmth to the character. Especially since she'd be following Capaldi's run as the Doctor (which is a more of a curmudgeon than previous versions), her wit and joy would be interesting to see.
You might recognize her from BBC's Sherlock, where she played Sally Donovan. Vinette Robinson isn't as well-known as the other people on this list, which means that she'll be freer to offer a fresh interpretation of the character. Though the character she plays in Sherlock is a little abrasive, her strength would actually be the empathy that the Doctor has. Any version of the character she played would really emphasize the genuine care the Doctor has for everyone in all of time and space.
You know her from Game of Thrones, where she showed the ease with which she can portray both playful and dangerous. And of course there's one perfect reason for her to play the Doctor: FINALLY GINGER. She'd be a great addition to the Who universe.
There's no way to know for sure what anyone would bring to the role without seeing them in action. And while Moffat seemed very proud of introducing the possibility of a female Doctor, he also didn't seem keen on following through on the idea any time soon. But I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts! Is there an actress you'd like to see play the Doctor?