Doctor Who: BBC boss “hopes” to have a female Doctor one day

BBC director of television Danny Cohen says he wants to see a woman given the keys to the Tardis

Could there ever be a female Doctor? Well, the man who could ultimately decide – BBC director of television Danny Cohen – has revealed that he is up for the idea.


Asked at today’s Edinburgh International Television Festival whether there would ever be a woman Time Lord, Cohen said: “I hope so”.

Ahead of Peter Capaldi’s debut as the Doctor on Saturday, Cohen added that Capaldi “is going to be an astonishingly good Doctor”.

The subject of a female Time Lord has long been the subject of fierce debate among fans.

In May Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat said that a woman could take on the role, but not for reasons of “political correctness”.

He said: “Do you know how it will happen? It will not happen that somebody sits down and says we must turn the Doctor into a woman. That is not how you cast the Doctor.

“A person will pop into the showrunner’s head and they’ll think. ‘Oh, my God, what if it was that person?’ And when that person is a woman, that’s the day it will happen.”


A number of suggestions for female Doctors have been mooted over the years, with Helen Mirren, Sophie Okonedo and Zawe Ashton among the names circulating more recently.