ARMAGEDDON: Is it time for a female Dr Who?


Chris Keall

Catrin Stewart at Auckland's Pullman Hotel ...
... and with Matt Smith in Dr Who

Catrin Stewart is one of several strong female characters to feature in recent series of Dr Who.

Is it time for the cult show to go the whole way, and feature a female Doctor?

NBR caught up with the Welsh actress ahead of the Armageddon Expo in Auckland, and popped the question.

"To be honest, I think it’s more of the feel of the Doctor than if it’s a man or a woman," she says." They have to have the right sort of personality and energy, whether it be a man or a woman. It would be interesting to see a woman Doctor but I think this new one is a great choice."

The new one is Peter Capaldi (55), who will shortly become the 12th Doctor to hit our screens.

"I’ve not really seen The Thick of It," Stewart says. (The Thick of It being the series starring Capaldi as a spin doctor who swears a lot. An awful lot.)

"After they announced it I watched some of the episodes because everyone said how good it was. I think it’s a really brilliant, bold choice because he’s so different to Matt [Smith].

"Going for an older Doctor it’s going to be really interesting to see the difference in his relationship with Clara [Dr Who's current youthful female side kick]. Because obviously her relationship with Matt’s Doctor was quite sort of flirty and sparky. This could be quite … interesting. He could maybe be a darker Doctor. Who knows. It’s exciting, though."

Stewart has appeared in the show in 2011, 2012 and 2013 episodes, playing Jenny Flint - one of a gang of characters the Doctor encounters in repeat visits to 1800s England.

Did she enjoy working with the previous Doctor, Matt Smith?

"He's brilliant. We’re good friends," she says. "I loved working with him on The Crimson Horror [episode] because I go and rescue him and have quite a lot to do [including donning a Victorian version of a leather catsuit and dealing to the bad guys with some martial arts].

"He’s a lovely person and a fantastic actor and sort of inspiring in the way he does every  shot differently and inventively and has lots of different ideas. He's got mazing energy, so it was great to sought of keep up with him and sort of play around in our scenes and mix it up a bit."

Does she do many Armageddon-style conventions?

"This is my first time abroad to do it," she says.

"I enjoy them. It takes me a while to get used to it. The first one I did I knew what to expect I’d heard not horror stories, but stories that stories that it can be quite intense, and odd – which it is – but it’s actually really nice to meet the fans and hear their thoughts and opinions and see there joy and excitement about the character and the show."

Will we see Jenny back on the show?

"I don’t really know. Hopefully. They’ve been talks about it. Someone said to me in Melbourne the other day that Steven Moffat said I’ll be back but nothing is official or confirmed. But hopefully the gang will come back, because none of us have died," she says.

"And it’s probably quite a nice continuity thing to have us come back for the new Doctor, especially if he came back to Victorian England. So I hope so. It would be fun. We can go to wherever or he can come to us
But I quite like it we’ve become the Doctor’s friends and sidekicks and hopefully that can continue with the knew doctor but who knows."

You can see Catrin Stewart at Armadeddon Expo on this Labour weekend at the ASB Showgrounds.

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Doctor Who needs more Welshness. That is all.

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As a sop to the ladies, maybe, a new time-traveler could be created to coexist with Dr. Who -- and she is called Dr. What.

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Sadly I don't think the name Dr. What would work somehow as there is a particular race of aliens for whom it is customary to pronounce the letter T immediately in front of an individual's surname.This I'm sure you'd agree would make for a rather comedic episode..............

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Next they would be wanting a female James Bond (Jane Bond?).
Dr Who has always been male. It's not a sexist thing. It's just how the character was created and used over the last 50 years. If you want a female character then make your own.

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