John Barrowman calls for Doctor Who sex change

Captain Jack wants the show's producers to install a female Doctor

Calling all actresses! You might want to brush up on how to reverse the polarity of neutron flows if John Barrowman gets his way, as the excitable Torchwood star has called on Doctor Who production chiefs to install a lady in the Tardis the next time the Doctor regenerates.


Speaking in Glasgow to promote the pantomime Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in both Doctor Who and Torchwood, opined that the show’s makers should “go out on a limb” and change the Doctor’s sex.

“I think a female Doctor might work, you never know… I know there’s a lot of young girls and women who would love that,” said the Tonight’s the Night host.

Asked who he thought would make a good female Doctor, the 44-year-old actor replied: “I have no idea. I always thought Catherine Tate would make a lovely female Doctor if they did something with her character, but I don’t know, I have no idea.”

With his tongue (presumably) in his cheek, Barrowman added: “Put me in a dress and I’ll be the female Doctor.”

And if justification for such a radical proposal were needed, the star offered the following: “Listen, if Captain Jack can be an omnisexual time agent and an assistant to the Doctor, why can’t we have a female Doctor?”

Well, quite. Why not indeed?


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