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

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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.