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‘Doctor Who’ Bosses Tip Peter Capaldi’s Replacement as Female?

Doctor Who Female Phoebe Waller Bridge Confirmed

The imminent replacement of Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi affords the franchise yet another opportunity to shake things up with a female Doctor, or man of another race. The rumor mill is predictably rife with speculation, but a BBC news segment curiously hints at a woman commanding the TARDIS, if not Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Bear in mind that The BBC is reasonably good at keeping its Doctor Who castings under wraps, as well that they’d never accidentally post details of a character not meant to be introduced until December. Still, in the process of BBC Newsnight tellingly hinting at Fleabag and Han Solo star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the program brought up several finale clips that make a strong case for our first (or second) female Doctor.

Mind you, the interview in question is edited with regeneration effects to subvert Waller-Bridge’s coy insinuation she shouldn’t talk about Doctor Who casting, which itself seems like intentional misdirection on the network’s part. There’s also the fact that Waller-Bridge is likely filming Ron Howard’s Han Solo reshoots for the foreseeable future (the Doctor Who Christmas special is already in production), to say nothing of supposed Fleabag Season 2 production in November, denial from her own theatre company, or the in-demand writer-actress’ other projects.

Waller-Bridge is likely off the table, but is The BBC setting itself up for backlash, to tease a female Doctor before regenerating another male? Stay tuned for the latest on Doctor Who’s Christmas special and Season 11 as it arrives.

Peter Capaldi’s ‘Doctor Who’ Replacement Already Cast, Says Boss

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