Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
Like it or loathe it the subject of a female Doctor is not going to go away. Usually the mainstream media jump on the matter the second a Doctor leaves, but in light of the Master to Missy change this has come to the forefront once again recently.
Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Michelle Gomez have all been discussing the subject.
First up, in an interview with Wales Online, Moffat said: “No-one says you can’t [have a female Doctor]. It’s actually only since I took over the show that we have said it’s actually possible within the logic of the show.”
He adds: “The very first lines I wrote were Matt Smith checking if he had become a girl and then I put some dialogue in The Doctor’s Wife about it and in Night of the Doctor.
“And now of course we have had the female Master, with the Doctor not reacting to that fact at all. He doesn’t seem to register the fact that his old friend is now a woman. So obviously, he doesn’t think it’s a remarkable thing to happen. We must assume that gender is quite fluid on Gallifrey.”
Capaldi told SFX: “There easily could be a female Doctor. I think the next time might be a female Doctor. I don’t see why not. I think it’s good to do that.”
He continues: “I think with Missy that was just a great idea. You wanted to keep it a surprise and that was the best way to do it, but yes, it does suggest all kinds of interesting stuff. They have a total love/hate relationship anyway but they were both men for a long time, and still have that love-hate relationship, and we will see more of that probably. It’s interesting, being able to swap like that. I think it’s good.”
Meanwhile Michelle Gomez in a video interview says: “I don’t think now is the time to talk about it. I think it’s in poor taste to discuss having any new Doctor, when we have just been delivered one of the finest performances by Peter Capaldi.”