Why John Barrowman thinks Matt Smith's replacement should be a woman

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Jul 9, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT (Updated)

Turns out Captain Jack wouldn't mind a Time Lady one bit. 

When Chris Eccleston announced he'd leave the part, David Tennant was announced as Doctor number 10 almost immediately. When Tennant said he'd be departing, an official interview with Matt Smith was released very shortly thereafter.

It's been more than a month now since Matt Smith officially confessed he'd be moving on from the role of the 11th Doc, but we still don't know who will take his place. And that, possibly more than anything else, explains why talks on who should play the Doctor next have created such intense debate.

If there's one debate that is drowning out all others, it's the question of the future Doctor's gender. Some people reckon a female Doc would be just fine, but many others have been very vocal that the Doctor must always be male.

If you happen to find yourself in the latter category, you might not be happy with what John Barrowman had to say.

We’ve had great guys playing the role. The character of River Song was so popular in the last part of the series and it was such an impact, why shouldn’t we have a female doctor.

And if it doesn't work?

Give it a whirl, if it doesn’t work she can always regenerate, she can always regenerate back to a man - I’ve been there, I’ve watched them do it.

So there you are. Barrowman thinks a female Doctor deserves at least a chance. Do you agree?

(via RadioTimes)