Peter Purves 'horrified' at female Doctor Who
14 July 2017 - 1:01 PM

Peter Purves 'horrified' at female Doctor Who

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Peter Purves is "horrified" by the thought that a female may be cast as the new Doctor Who.

The 78-year-old actor portrayed the Time Lord's companion Steven Taylor for two seasons in 1965 and, although he's looking forward to seeing a new actor play the time-travelling alien next year when Peter Capaldi - who depicts the current sonic screwdriver-wielding hero turns his back on the famous Tardis after four years in the role over the festive season - he hopes bosses don't decide to give the lead to a lady because the part should be played by a man.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: "That's not a misogynistic view. It's just that I don't think it's right. I like Miranda Hart and Sue Perkins in what they do but I don't see them as Doctor Who - I'd be horrified. A bit like James Bond, Doctor Who ought to be a man."

However, the former "Blue Peter" presenter doesn't mind which male actor is cast.

He explained to the publication: "I have no preference but Peter Capaldi was a wonderful choice - he's a super actor and his final episode was extraordinarily interesting."

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Meanwhile, although the festive special is fast approaching and time is running out, Chris Chibnall - who will take over from Steven Moffat as executive producer at the end of the year - is planning to write the script before he picks the person he wants to play the lead.

He said previously: "We'll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn't go out and cast an abstract idea.

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"The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we're going to do, without even knowing who's going to play the part."

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