Christopher Eccleston is championing a Cyberwoman in Doctor Who as he called for greater "engagement with the female" and more female-led episodes.
The actor played the Ninth Doctor in the cult BBC series for one season, but he'll be stepping back into the TARDIS for a run of Big Finish audio adventures, with the first instalment called Ravagers.
"I think it’s high time we had a Cyberwoman, I must say that," Eccleston told Doctor Who Magazine.
“I think we really need to address that. The Doctor with a Cyberwoman… that dynamic, feminine element of himself, which he uses so well, his flirtatious nature, his admiration for Gaia and the female would be great with a Cyberwoman. A malign Cyberwoman," he continued.
Incidentally, a Cyberwoman was the centre of a Torchwood episode written by current Doctor Who show-runner Chris Chibnall.
Praising Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and advocating for more of a female lens, he said: “I would very much like the Doctor to meet Emily Davison, who threw herself in front of the Epsom Derby winner [fatally, in 1913] and was one of the forerunners of the feminist movement and a martyr for it. I think that’d be extraordinary for him to mix with her and Emmeline Pankhurst, and explore that. He is very drawn to the feminine.
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“You know, it’s great that we now have a female Doctor, and I think we should take that further in the way we look at history. Look at it through a female lens. Russell T Davies writes the Doctor as one Doctor; Steven Moffat writes him as another; Rob Shearman writes him, he’s another. Bit of a boys’ club, though. We need to address that. We need some more Cyberwomen, we need female writers. It needs to be addressed, particularly as the Doctor has such a pronounced, for want of a better phrase, feminine side, and such an enthusiastic engagement with the female."
He added: "I think the Doctor dealing with the Cyberwomen would be interesting."