Doctor Who: Steven Moffat on why he never cast a woman in the lead role

Steven Moffat

Jodie Whittaker is now well into filming for her first series run as the new Doctor Who. She’s being introduced in the role in this month’s Twice Upon A Time, before she takes the TARDIS key for series 11.

Her casting was the choice of incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall. And in a new interview with the Radio Times, outgoing Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has been chatting about why he never cast a woman in the role.

Citing that he believed if he’d “replaced David Tennant with a woman it wouldn’t have worked. It was too early”, Moffat did admit that “we could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad”.

However, “I got obsessed with seeing Peter [Capaldi] in the TARDIS. No regrets about that!”.

Moffat is a fan of the casting of Jodie Whittaker, describing her as “a fireball of mischief and irreverence”.

The full interview is in the new Radio Times.