Hayley Atwell, star of Marvel/ABC’s “Agent Carter”, stated in unequivocal terms that she wants to be the next Doctor Who
It happened during an August 14th Twitter chat session, when @ohmyjlc asked if Atwell would ever like to appear on “Doctor Who”, the BBC’s insanely long-running Sci-Fi/Rom-Com/Tragedy-Drama/Cultural Touchstone. Her response is right up there in the headline, in case you were wondering what she said.
The idea of the Doctor being portrayed by a woman was first raised back in the early 80’s by then-current Doctor, Tom Baker. It has steadily become a topic of heated and sometimes, er, vehemently stated opinion by both Pro & Con camps. Recently, the Doctor’s long-time nemesis and fellow Time Lord The Master returned to the program in a woman’s body, so… That option is more available than ever before, should the creative team choose to utilize it.
The intense, and thankfully mostly positive, response to this bit of self-casting surprised me. The “should they cast a woman Doctor” debate has often been a game of two halves, with stark party-lines of “It must happen NOW” or “It must NEVER happen EVER” hogging the bulk of the oxygen in the room. Little actual thought seems to have been given as to who that woman could actually be, should it come to pass.
But there seems to be a genuine warmth in the response to the idea of Atwell as The Doctor. And who can argue that? She’s pretty much awesome; definitely has the charisma for the part; and I bet her costume would be even classier than Capaldi’s.
So what do YOU think, fellow Whovians? I personally want to see Capaldi have a good, long run on the show (which neatly allows for a few more series of “Agent Carter”, not that I’m hinting or anything, Marvel/ABC…) but for his successor you could do a lot worse than Hayley Atwell.
A LOT worse.