CHRISTOPHER Eccleston has branded Doctor Who a ‘boys club’ and has called for the show to bring in more female involvement.
The actor, who played the Ninth regeneration of the time traveller in 2005, has spoken about his return to the franchise as part of a series of audio dramas.
Christopher Eccelston is returning as The Doctor in a new audio seriesCredit: BBC
Specifically, he noted that the series could focus more on female history within their plotlines, or bring in more women to the writing team.
He told Doctor Who Magazine: “I would very much like the Doctor to meet Emily Davison, who threw herself in front of the Epsom Derby winner 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.”
“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,” he added.
Christopher feels the show is a ‘boys club’ both in front of the camera and behind the scenesCredit: BBC
Jodie Whittaker made history as the first Doctor – but Christopher reckons there’s more to be done for female representation in the franchiseCredit: BBC
“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.”
Christopher’s comments come as it’s been rumoured Jodie Whittaker, the first female regeneration of The Doctor, is getting ready to hang up her coat after the upcoming series.
Christopher Ecclestone starred alongside Billie Piper in the series as the Ninth DoctorCredit: BBC
Jodie – the 13th Doctor – is rumoured to be leaving the show at the end of the next seriesCredit: BBC
This has not been confirmed by the BBC, but would follow in the tradition of her previous Doctors, who would stay for a period of three series before regenerating.
Historically, the series’ lead has been played by white men, with a female companion alongside him.
Christopher was followed by David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi before Jodie broke the mould of the show’s 50+ year history.
However, the potential changeover has seen calls from fans for the first Black Doctor, another female, or someone non-binary to continue the show’s story.
Previous Doctors – including Matt Smith and David Tennant – have all been maleCredit: BBC
Until Jodie, the series has been written by men and starred men – with women as their companions on their journeysCredit: BBC
The Doctor’s enemies, including the Cybermen, Daleks, Judoon and Sontarans, have also been largely seen as male – with some exceptions being the Weeping Angels, Sisters of Plentitude and Missy – a female regeneration of the previously male The Master.
“I think it’s high time we had a Cyberwoman, I must say that,’ said Christopher. “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.”
The thirteenth series is set to air later this year.
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