Karen Gillan: “A woman Doctor would be really cool”

The former companion turned Guardians of The Galaxy star is ready for a lady to take over the Tardis

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Karen Gillan is following in the footsteps of fellow Doctor Who companion Billie Piper and sharing her support for the push to cast a woman as the 13th Doctor.

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Gillan, who played 11th Doctor Matt Smith’s companion Amy Pond, thinks a female Doctor would make a wonderful addition to the series, and prove an important point, too.

“A woman Doctor would be really cool because a lot of people are sceptical about having a woman play the role,” Gillan explains in an interview in this week’s Radio Times magazine, “but I think they probably were [sceptical] before Kathryn Janeway came along in Star Trek: Voyager, and she was amazing.”

She’s not alone in her thinking either. Piper, who played Rose Tyler, previously argued that not having a woman play the Doctor next would feel like a snub.

With the jury still out, and a new Doctor yet to be officially confirmed, could they get their wish? And could Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge be the woman to make it come true?

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Read the full interview with Karen Gillan in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, available in shops and on the Apple Newsstand from Tuesday 18 April 2017

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