In case you missed it, Hayley Atwell surprised her Twitter followers with an impromptu Q&A last Friday. When one fan asked if she would like to be on Doctor Who, the Agent Carter actress didn’t say yes — but only because she has a better idea.
There you have it: Hayley Atwell wants to be the Doctor. How soon is too soon to start a phone campaign to the BBC?
A woman Doctor is long overdue, and something even current-Doctor Peter Capaldi has expressed an interest in seeing someday. “There easily could be a female Doctor,” Capaldi said in an interview with SFX last December. “I think the next time might be a female Doctor. I don’t see why not. I think it’s good to do that.”
The first time the show presented the idea of the gender-fluid Time Lord was in the 2011 episode “The Doctor’s Wife”, wherein we are introduced to the legend of the Corsair, a late friend of the Doctor’s and a Time Lord who lived a pretty exciting life as both male and female incarnations. More recently, we have seen the show’s classic villain the Master regenerate into female form as Missy, and so it is not far off to speculate that the reality of a woman Doctor is close to being realized.
Hayley Atwell would be the perfect choice, for many reasons. The intellect, wit, and overall badassery of Agent Peggy Carter is the exact culmination of qualities fans have come to expect of the Doctor, and qualities Atwell has executed flawlessly in her portrayal. And if this hilarious dubsmash lip-sync battle between the casts of Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is any indication, Atwell’s personality and range is on-point with the acting chops necessary to carry on the Doctor’s own brand of humor and quirk.
Peter Capaldi is doing an excellent job so far as the 12th Doctor, and I will gladly have him for as long as he chooses to stay on the show. I am also not wishing for the end of Agent Carter anytime soon, and hope it enjoys many more successful seasons in the coming years. But all good things must come to an end, and when they do, it’s always nice to have cool things to look forward to.