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Matt Smith Might Have One More Episode of Doctor Who, Colin Baker is Definitely Ready to Play a Female Doctor


Colin Baker jumps on the Lady Doctor train with all the cool kids, and we may not have heard the last of Matt Smith‘s Doctor? It’s rumors and folks saying stuff time for Doctor Who. Potential spoilers ahead!

First Baker, who in an interview with the Radio Times, established that he is firmly in the camp of folks who think the Doctor could be a woman. In fact, he’s willing to do it himself just to get it done.

There should [be a female Doctor]. It won’t happen because they are too timid but there should be. First female Doctor? I will have a sex change and do it… I am in touch with my feminine side.

Well, it would be thematically appropriate, Mr. Baker, but lets wait, perhaps, until Steven Moffat has moved on to new pastures.

Doctor Who TV has an anonymous source saying that Matt Smith, or at least his voice, will show up in Series 8. Apparently, before he left set for the final time, Matt Smith took some time to record some dialogue between himself, Clara, and the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi). That dialogue may be used in a Series 8 episode when Clara is feeling uneasy with the Doctor’s change. Eleven, anticipating this, calls her up from the past just before his regeneration, to reassure here.

Timey wimey? Oh heck yes. I mean, how much did Eleven even anticipate regenerating before he went? When exactly did he have time to chat? On the other hand, it’s not particularly farfetched as far as Doctor Who goes. If you’d like to see for yourself, DWTV has some quotes from the scene, though with no official announcement, you’ll want to take their post with a grain of salt.

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  • kazenotaninonausicaa

    If this is true, I guess that was why the door phone was off the hook when Clara enters the TARDIS before the regeneration.

  • MoiBelle

    He had time in the TARDIS before Clara came back. I got the impression he had been in there for a good bit before she made her way back in.

  • http://bittersweetfountain.blogspot.com/ Bittersweet Fountain

    I still don’t think it makes sense for Clara to be freaked out by the change. Out of all the companions, she was the one most prepared for it. Not only has she seen every one of his previous incarnations while she was the impossible girl, she literally saw three of them together in the 50th.

    So yes she could be sad that 11 was gone, but it’s weird that she’s so disturbed by his change.

  • Anthony Strand

    Good call. It doesn’t make any sense.

  • Anonymous

    I can see her being “uneasy”. Just because she understands how it works doesn’t means she likes the person he turned into, or that she feels safe.

  • Gordon Borland

    Colin Baker really is wonderful.

  • Sabrina

    In addition to what DemonsRun said: Don’t forget there’s more often than not the after-regen madness before the new personality settles down. Depending on how haywire Twelve goes she might feel a bit uneasy around him because of that. After all, she hasn’t actually seen a regen and its aftermath first hand, did she?

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    Colin Baker is awesome. And hilarious. And under-appreciated. Did I mention hilarious? He also has like 6 daughters. He knows whereof he speaks. :)

  • locuas

    what baker wants is to return to the show…i am kidding of course.
    i would guess the doctor would have recorded that while eating the fish fingers.
    Having eleven as a girl would have been hilarious during Day of the Doctor. but at least he is bisexual for now. Maybe after capaldi(who i believe was the right choice to cast a guy…FOR THIS SPECIFIC DOCTOR), they may consider a femlae doctor. if so, it would be interesting to have male doctor – female doctor – male doctor – female doctor, and so on. then again, i also believe it would be a good idea to cast two doctors forced to be on the same timeline because timey wimey for an entire incarnation, and to write a fan-fic were the doctor travels with a character from the series “WInx” and the tardis malfunction near Hogwarts and has to teach during Harry’s second year. so what do i know.

  • Anonymous

    I love that Neil Gaiman made the Doctor fan of the Corsair as a kid.

    …and the novel made the Corsair a sex change Doctor

    So I guess the Doctor kinda secretly wants to be like his childhood hero

  • Lia Hansen

    I wish the Christmas special hadn’t taken place across 300 years. It sort of ruined the feeling set up by the 50th that the Doctor was starting a new chapter in his life. Like, now that feeling’s supposed to be back back, but before he could do that, he had to spend THREE CENTURIES -no small chunk of time even for the doctor- messing around in a small town. It really felt like it disrupted the flow of the narrative just to make his last moments feel more sad and poignant, which I feel could have been accomplished without the 500 pounds of rubber cement and makeup used to make him look old.

  • totz the plaid

    “It doesn’t make any sense.” Those five words accurately reflect Steven Moffat’s writing.

  • totz the plaid

    I’d 100% watch Colleen Baker!

  • Teamugs

    Everyone knows that everyone dies, but we still get sad when we lose someone. Eleven was her friend, even if she knows about regeneration, the new Doctor is still a complete stranger to her. The past Doctors were in the past, but Eleven was the one she was close to and befriended. She doesn’t know what attributes the new Doctor going to have and if she’ll get along with him as well as she did Eleven.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Bakers certainly got the acting chops for it and with the wonders of makeup artists and cg wizards nowadays, I have little doubt he could pull it off visually as well.
    I want to see this~! Show that for actors there is no barriers in a performance! That no role is impossible! That with enough talent and gravitas, you can literally be anything!

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Pffft, Eight spent six hundred years on Orbis palling around with Keltans. Three hundred is small potatoes for this fellow

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Handles say something to the Doc a bunch of times about…something with the Tardis phone? Delayed joke/reveal maybe?

  • Anonymous

    There’s already been a female Doctor: Joanna Lumley. She may not be official and she may have played the Doctor in a comedic Doctor Who Adventure written by Steven Moffat, but I say she got the title. At the very least she should have some wider credit for it.

  • Lola

    What if when he finally becomes ginger, he’s also a woman! X)

  • Grant Cruickshank

    She looked like she’d make a great Doctor. Shame it was in such a horrible production.

  • http://ravenlunatick.wordpress.com/ ravenlunatick

    Lumley was brilliant in Curse of Fatal Death; I was so hoping she’d be 12.

  • aradia zavion

    The DoctorDonna doesn’t count then?

  • Flitzy

    But being freaked out by the change doesn’t necessarily refer to a physical change; she could be used to how Eleven acts and behaves only to have Twelve come along and have a totally different demeanor.

  • Flitzy

    Anyone who thinks the Doctor can never be a women needs to go back and watch the fourth series and be proven wrong.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    ? Could you elaborate? I am not as versed in old who stories as the newer/eighth stuff.

  • Flitzy

    Oops :P I meant the 2005 series four, specially with Donna. ^_^

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Ooooh~ I thought it was something else. XD

    One thing im curious about is just how much of that regenerating is random and how much is willed by the timelord.

    Is the character choosing to be male, or is it just some chance/quirk thing? (i mean in story of course)

    The whole Corsair thing can be kinda taken with a grain of salt for its cannonness on that matter.

  • Melynda

    Still not interested in a female Doctor, personally. And unless they start giving Clara a personality soon (there seemed to be glimmers in the 50th and Christmas episodes), I wouldn’t be sad to get a new companion. Bring on the predictable downvotes.

  • Ursula L

    When did the Doctor have time to call?

    After destroying the Daleks, the Doctor goes to the TARDIS to complete the regeneration process.

    A little while later, Clara follows.

    When Clara goes to enter the TARDIS, the door-phone is hanging off the hook, and she hangs it up. It was not off the hook when Tasha Lem went to fetch Clara, and Clara went to the Doctor to comfort him at his deathbed, the last time anyone was in the TARDIS that we know of.

  • Anonymous

    I was too, I really was.

  • Anonymous

    True that, but it was pretty funny in parts. The whole Master/Doctor continuously going back in time to outsmart the other was pretty funny :D

  • Mandy

    Besides the one episode do they ever address the the fact that she’s lived (& died) multiple times? Meeting so many different version of the Doctor. They haven’t done neeeeear enough with this idea. How does living and dying in so many different times and places effect a person (a human)? Doesn’t she now know the Doctor more than any other companion? Does she ever remember her different lives? Is this even the original Clara? So many unanswered questions.

    Maybe that’s why I can’t quite fall in love with Clara. She has so much potential and story ideas to play around with and it’s annoying to see them ignored and see her pushed aside so often (looking at you 50th & 11′s goodbye episode too really). She could be so interesting but I feel like they are keeping her too safe and almost…bland. Generic. They touch on ideas (her figuring out the different time lines and traveling with those two kids she baby sits) but never continue with them long enough imo. Anyway, tangent.

  • Mandy

    What novel is this that you speak of?? A Corsair novel?! Or even a novel with 11 mentioning the Corsair?

  • Mandy

    I mean yeah…you can literally be anything (see Could Atlas’ attempts at this), but the question is why? Why cast a man playing a female character when there are tons and tons of talented female actresses out there who could play the part?

  • Anonymous

    Shada… the one adapted from a Douglas Adams lost episode
    http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Corsair

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    To show that fundamentally, that there is no difference in whether or not an actor is male or female, that the idea that certain actors are pidgeon holed into certain archetypes due to what gender they were born with is plain silly.

    Yes it would work just as well if the actor was an actual woman, but the actual ability of the actor for good or ill would be overshadowed by people going on about this being the first ever woman for the role (which personally i find silly.) and i kinda hope that a bakery direction would show the mootness of the argument and the whole lines drawn in the sand about genders and roles would be blurred enough that it would not be as big an issue as it is and it would simply lead to actors being judged more on their ability than what they are.

    If they need a female lead for a romantic role, then why not use a guy if he is a good actor?
    If you insist on the space crusader being a male role, why not let a woman play the part if she can pull it off wonderfully?

    I just feel that the story should not impact the actors who strive to put on a good performance.

  • She

    Colin Baker just became my faveriote person.

  • Anonymous

    I’d posited the idea of a story where the new Doctor could see and talk to his past regeneration a’la Tyler Durden, to sort of get him through the first days of the new body.
    I also rather hoped we’d see Clara sort of compare the new Doctor to the old one in the way people will compare their new boy/girlfriend to their old ones.

  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    The biggest flaw I see in this is: The Doctor had no idea he was ever going to be able to regenerate again. Wasn’t the whole point of the Christmas Special that he thought he was on his last life?