Doctor Who writer taps Sue Perkins & Gillian Anderson to become first female Doctor

by Emily H

There’s been a whole lot of rumours when it comes to who could be the next Doctor Who, and now even more females are being thrown into the mix.

Writer Neil Gaiman recently spoke out about the swirling casting rumours in a new interview with BBC 5 Live, where he admitted that he would fully support a female Doctor Who and even threw his support behind both Sue and Gillian Anderson.

“Needless to say I’d love to see a woman Doctor. The time is absolutely right,” Gaiman revealed in the new BBC interview as reports claim that there are a number of ladies in the running to take on the role.

Neil admitted that Sue was actually the top of his list to become the first female Doctor, before adding that his second choice would be The X Files star Gillian or even Helen Mirren.

“I don’t think there’s anything Gillian can’t do,” he said of the actress.

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But before we get too excited, Gaiman added that he actually “no idea whether [showrunner] Chris Chibnall’s going to give us” a female Doctor Who, though it sounds like the support is most definitely there.

As we previously reported, Tilda Swinton is also thought to be in the running, though those behind the scenes of the show haven’t explicitly spoken out about who will be taking over from Peter Capaldi.

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Cibnall recently spoke out about casting to The Telegraph, where he seemingly admitted that a female Doctor isn’t completely out of the question.

“We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script,” he said. “You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea. The creative possibilities are endless.”

Are you ready for a female Doctor Who?