Peter Davison says the Doctor should never be a woman on Doctor Who

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Jan 28, 2015, 5:02 PM EST

The idea of a female Doctor has been floating around for a while now, and talk of it has intensified since recent events (POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THOSE NOT CAUGHT UP ON SEASON 8) indicated that Time Lords can switch genders during regeneration...but Fifth Doctor Peter Davison doesn’t seem to think it a good idea to make the show's beloved protagonist a woman.

Davison is currently in Australia, playing the role of narrator in the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. This is what he said in an interview with ABC News:

“I speak now as a fan who grew up watching it. I have trouble with the idea of a female Doctor, only because I reckon if you're born on Gallifrey a man, you're probably a male Time Lord.”

The man who piloted the TARDIS from 1981 to 1984 with a celery stick on his lapel went on to explain that the success of modern Doctor Who relies on the dynamic of a “troubled Doctor” with a strong female companion. Basically, he wants our beloved Time Lord to remain a guy.

“It seems to me if you reverse that, if you have an uncertain, fallible female Doctor with a really strong male companion, you've got more of a stereotype than anything else.”

Steven Moffat recently hinted that a female Doctor could very well be in the BBC show’s future; especially since the Who showrunner turned the Master’s gender on its head during the show’s eighth season by making the Doctor’s long-time nemesis into "Missy" (Michelle Gomez).

Do you agree with Peter Davison, or do you think the time is right for a woman to take the helm of the TARDIS?

(via ABC News)