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Tilda Swinton Is Rumoured To Be The Next Doctor Who


By Holly O'Neill
17th Feb 2017
Tilda Swinton Is Rumoured To Be The Next Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi announced last month he would stand down as Doctor Who,?and now Tilda Swinton is rumoured to replace him. Ladbrokes have tipped her as?4/1 to be the first woman to play the role.

She’s taken several roles not necessarily written for women and has been something of a shapeshifter in previous roles, from a gender neutral dystopian politician in Snowpiercer, a bleached-brow witch in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia‘series, as Orlando in Sally Potter’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, a controversial casting as The Ancient One, a role written for a Tibetan man in Doctor Strange?and arguably her least recognisable role as the blonde and false-tanned magazine editor Dianna in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck.

Similar to the misogyny madness that took over with the announcement of an all-female Ghostbusters remake, people are pretty concerned that Tilda Swinton’s vagina could ruin the whole show.

The show about the adventures of an extraterrestrial?Time Lord called “The Doctor” from the planet Gallifrey, who explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Do they not realise how completely unrealistic it is…to cast a woman?

I mean, it’s science fiction, are?audiences supposed to believe a woman could do science and?not get her periods all over the space ship?

Overall though, the majority of people on Twitter seemed pretty happy about it.

Kris Marshall, Maxine Peake, Olivia Coleman, Richard Ayoade and Ben Whishaw are also favourites to land the role.?Doctor Who’s outgoing executive producer Steven Moffat has previously hinted that it’s time a woman was the cast in the lead part. ?I think the next time might be a female Doctor. I don’t see why not,? Moffat said.