Helen Mirren Would Like to Play the Doctor, and We Would Be Extremely Okay With That
by Jamie Frevele | 12:30 pm, December 21st, 2011
You guys, Helen Mirren just said in an interview that she would like to play the Doctor on Doctor Who. And then I exploded. Wow. Helen Mirren. Doctor Who. With a creamy “wants to play” center.
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Dame Helen Mirren recently provided this quote to the Daily Star:
“I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to just be his sidekick.”
The odds of this happening? Probably remote. Maybe. Perhaps there is something about how British film and television careers work that is a little different than here, across the pond, where being an award-winning film actor and turning to a regular television series might be considered a “downgrade.” (Depending, of course, on the series and the network.) Doctor Who, however, is not your average show. The role of the Doctor is an iconic one, though it is generally a star-maker; few truly famous actors go on to play the Doctor. So that means Helen Mirren might be doing this for the pure fun of it. That might not be such a bad thing, and maybe she’d work out a short tenure as the Doctor.
And maybe, she’d be the perfect way to get people used to a female Doctor.
If anyone has proved herself to be a performer capable of displaying true emotion, outrage, comedic timing, adventure, and even a few stunts, it’s Helen Mirren. But also, she is familiar. There are certainly people who feel that the Doctor has to be played by a male, even though the Doctor is a Time Lord who can take on the appearance of pretty much anything upon regeneration and may not have a set-in-stone gender. (We’ve heard that from both the 9th Doctor and the 11th Doctor.) So, maybe Mirren would be a good way to ease those more trepidatious Whovians into the idea of a female Doctor.
But then again, Mirren was probably just saying it because she likes Doctor Who and would get such a silly kick out of the idea. But then again, could a statement by someone of Mirren’s caliber set the gears in motion to consider a female Doctor?