With the tenth season of Doctor Who premiering this past weekend, fans have already spent quite some time speculating who will fill the shoes of Peter Capaldi, who is set to step down from the title role at the end of this season. The possibilities have varied wildly in the months since Capaldi initially announced his departure, and although a new rumor suggests that the Thirteenth Doctor has already been found, nothing is currently set in stone.
Seeing as each 'regeneration' of The Doctor creates an opportunity for the show to reinvent itself, many have suggested that this newest one should be a chance to bring some diversity to the title role. All of the actors who have previously played The Doctor have been Caucasian and male, causing people to campaign for a female Doctor or a non-white Doctor.
And joining that campaign is one of the franchise's former stars, Karen Gillan. The actress became known to much of the nerd world for her portrayal of Amy Pond on the show's fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons.
During a press junket for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Gillan was asked by ScreenRant about the debate surrounding the Thirteenth Doctor, and if she would like to see a non-white and/or female Doctor.
"Both. Let's go with both." Gillan explained. "We need some diversity in the TARDIS. That would be great, and also a female could absolutely play the Doctor. You know, some people question it, and I'm like, you're crazy. Of course, a female can play that role. There are so many actresses that could do that and I'd love to see that."
Gillan certainly isn't alone in that assertion. David Tennant, otherwise known as the Tenth Doctor, recently endorsed the idea of a female Doctor as well, when his Broadchurch costar Olivia Colman was the frontrunner to place Capaldi.
Fans of the show - and even its alumni like Gillan and Tennant - will just have to wait and see who ends up filling the famous role.
Doctor Who airs Saturdays on BBC America.
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