Charlotte Moore, who is BBC1 controller, has not ruled out the possibility of a woman playing the Doctor.
She went on to say that Peter Capaldi, who is obviously currently playing Doctor Who, had “broken the mould” and wouldn’t “put a bar” on the future direction of the show.
When speaking to the Radio Times, Charlotte said: “Peter Capaldi is a fantastic Doctor, and he’s broken the mould. But I’d never put a bar on that. The great thing about Doctor Who is that anything is possible.”
Moffat has also not ruled out the possibility, and touched on this topic earlier this year: “It’s not an impossibility to have a lady Doctor. It is not a lock either. There is no guarantee. I wish sometimes that the politics of that would take a backseat and we’d just talk about the art, because it’s not really about that. It’s just about ‘would it work?’”
“The day it will work is when somebody says, ‘That person would be amazing,’ and the most conservative, most traditional member of the audience says, ‘Oh God, yes. I would hate the idea of a lady Doctor, but that one would be great.’”
Things are looking a little shaky for the series, however, as when the series premiered two weeks ago it was viewed by 4.6 million people; the lowest audience for a launch show since the reboot came back in 2005. But, the launch programme added another 2 million viewers – nearly 50% of the audience – which includes people who recorded it and watched it within one week. There have also been 1.5 million iPlayer requests for the launch episode, too.
So while it isn’t all doom and gloom, it’s definitely worrying.