Can we please stop asking if Steven Moffat thinks the Doctor can regenerate into a woman?
Following yesterday's Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con, at least one media outlet published a story reporting the showrunner doesn't want the lead Time Lord of the series to regenerate into a female.
This strikes me as a misinterpretation of what went down. After being asked by an audience member if his choice to change the sex of the Master (into Michelle Gomez' Missy), means it can happen to the Doctor, Moffat said this:
"Well, I think my opinion is fairly obvious from the show, isn't it? What I think about the possibility, and whether it would work or not? I think I've expressed myself about as clearly as I could, in the context of the show. If you're not reading the subtext, then I'll lend you. But believe me, some people aren't reading that subtext, because it's too subtle."
Moreover, in an interview prior to the panel, Moffat said to us that Missy's change "clearly" means the Doctor can regenerate into a woman.
"We’ve been saying that for ages," he went on. "I don’t know how many more times we can say it before people get the message. The very first dialogue I ever wrote for Doctor Who in my own era was Matt Smith wondering if he was a girl. Yes, it does mean that, whether that will ever happen is a different question, but it absolutely can."
Whether Moffat ever intends to change the sex of the Doctor in his tenure is another matter, as is whether he actually wants it to happen. But maybe it's time to retire this particular question, or at least evolve it. But Moffat has spoken: The Doctor can become a woman.
Keep an eye out for more of our interview with Moffat, as well as Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Michelle Gomez, coming soon.