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Christopher Ecclestone says Doctor Who ‘a bit of a boy’s club’ and calls for change

Eccleston was in the TARDIS back in 2005 (Credits: BBC)

Christopher Eccleston has urged Doctor Who bosses to go further and branded the show a ‘boy’s club’.

The Ninth Doctor – who starred in the sci-fi show in 2005 and is set to reprise the role in new Big Finish audio dramas – has weighed in on Jodie Whittaker being the first woman to take on the lead role, and he suggested there is more than needs to be done including more female writers.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, she said: ‘I would very much like the Doctor to meet Emily Davison, who threw herself in front of the Epsom Derby winner and was one of the forerunners of the feminist movement and a martyr for it.

‘I think that’d be extraordinary for him to mix with her and Emmeline Pankhurst, and explore that.

‘You know, it’s great that we now have a female Doctor, and I think we should take that further in the way we look at history. Look at it through a female lens.

‘Russell T Davies writes the Doctor as one Doctor; Steven Moffat writes him as another; Rob Shearman writes him, he’s another. Bit of a boys’ club, though. We need to address that.’

Christopher, 57, called on the show to introduce a Cyberwoman, and noted the importance of the team behind the scenes having a female presence.

He explained: ‘We need some more Cyberwomen, we need female writers.

‘It needs to be addressed, particularly as the Doctor has such a pronounced, for want of a better phrase, feminine side, and such an enthusiastic engagement with the female.’

The idea of a Cyberwoman is one he’s particularly keen on, and he thinks it would fit perfectly with the Doctor’s ‘flirtatious nature’.

He added: ‘I think it’s high time we had a Cyberwoman, I must say that. I think we really need to address that.

‘The Doctor with a Cyberwoman… that dynamic, feminine element of himself, which he uses so well, his flirtatious nature, his admiration for Gaia and the female would be great with a Cyberwoman. A malign Cyberwoman.’

Doctor Who is set to return to BBC One later this year.

Credit: Original article published here.

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