Doctor Who Should Not Be Played By A Woman, Says AL Kennedy

AL Kennedy, who is both an author and a comedian, has thrown her lot in with the celebrities who believe that the Doctor should never be played by a woman.

Kennedy touched on this topic when speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, saying: “As a heterosexual woman I have no interest in a female Doctor. He’s kind of got a guy vibe, the Doctor. A hopeless, undomestic, dozy, dreamy guy type of eccentricity. It’s not a girl type of eccentricity. I’d be surprised if he changed gender.”

She did however lament how there aren’t enough good parts for females in the industry, but went on to say that she “never as a female thought I was being robbed because the Doctor’s a bloke.”

However, Kennedy did expand on which woman she thinks could play the Doctor, if the creators ever decided to go down that route. According to her it should be Tilda Swinton: “She’s got that strange kind of vibe that she could do anything…[but she] wouldn’t do it because she’s too busy anyway.”


Her comments do follow in a similar vein to the one’s made by Sylvester McCoy, who played the Doctor from 1987–1989: “I’m a feminist and recognise there are still glass ceilings in place for many women, but where would we draw the line? A Mr Marple instead of a Miss Marple? A Tarzanette? I support feminism, but I’m not convinced by the cultural need of a female Doctor Who.”