Peter Capaldi wants a female Doctor to replace him
Peter Capaldi is backing a female Time Lord to replace him.
The Doctor Who actor announced his departure from the popular fantasy series earlier this week, telling BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley: “This’ll be the end for me. I feel sad. I love Doctor Who. It’s a fantastic programme to work on. It’s been a huge pleasure to work with… a family. I can’t praise the people I work with more highly.”
And now, the Twelfth Doctor actor has spoken out about who he would like to replace him – none other than Harry Potter star Frances de la Tour.
Speaking to the Mirror, Capaldi said: “The time felt right to bow out, to let somebody else play this wonderful role and I would like Frances de la Tour to be the first female Doctor.”
Frances de la Tour is most famous for portraying the spinster Ruth Jones in the sitcom Rising Damp. More recently, she has appeared as Beauxbatons headmistress Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter films.
It’s not the first time de la Tour’s name has been in the mix for the role of the Doctor. Former BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman revealed in 2010 that Doctor Who had previously considered hiring a female Doctor all the way back in 1986. Joanna Lumley, Dawn French and de la Tour were all considered for the role of the seventh Doctor, a job that eventually went to Sylvester McCoy.
The concept of a female incarnation of the Doctor is certainly not alien, after the Doctor’s rival The Master returned played by Michelle Gomez two seasons ago. However, thus far the Doctor has only chosen to become white men in his last twelve incarnations.
Despite the rising speculation, we have a while to wait before we’ll see the Thirteenth Doctor. Peter Capaldi will return to play the Twelfth Doctor in the upcoming new series and Christmas Special of Doctor Who from April.