John Simm

This fall will see the beginning of Jodie Whittaker‘s tenure as the 13th Doctor.  Regardless of arguments about if 13 is the appropriate number for her Doctor (after the meta-crisis and War Doctor, etc.), there has been quite a bit of uncertainty and outright hatred from some fan circles for a female Doctor.

However, Doctor Who has long implied this was not only possible but probable.  When David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, Matt touches his hair and says, “I’m a girl!!!” before finding his adam’s apple.

In the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” the Doctor says,

“The mark of the Corsair. Fantastic bloke. He had that snake as a tattoo in every regeneration. Didn’t feel like himself unless he had the tattoo. Or herself, a couple of times. Ooo, she was a bad girl.”

In Peter Capaldi’s episode “Hell Bent” he shoots the General who regenerates as a woman.

So the groundwork has been laid for gender switching, but there is a more significant indicator that all will be well with a female Doctor.  The Time Ladies that preceded Jodie.

Here are a few of the beloved female “Time Lords” from the Classic and New Who runs of the show.

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If you’ve been paying attention to the trailers for season 10 of Doctor Who, then you know that Michelle Gomez is scheduled to make a comeback as Missy, AKA: the Master, the Doctor’s long-standing Time Lord nemesis. Missy’s been a thorn in the Twelfth Doctor’s side since pretty much the moment he regenerated, so it would makes sense she would return for his final year of adventures in the TARDIS. But if one Master is bad news, what about two Masters? That looks to be the dilemma that the Doctor will face next because if the Doctor can team up with is past selves, then why can’t the Master?  (more…)