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Bill Collins
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Posted: 04 July 2016 at 2:07pm | IP Logged | 1  

I agree,Russell T Davies started it,with the `Omnisexual` Captain Jack.
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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 04 July 2016 at 2:42pm | IP Logged | 2  

Hmmmm,as the first Doctors were not traditionally good looking and over 50...

Hartnell was 55 when he began the part.
Troughton was 46.
Pertwee was 50.
T. Baker - 40
Davison - 29
C. Baker - 40
McCoy - 44
McGann - 36
Eccleston - 41
Tennant - 34
Smith - 27
Capaldi - 55

I won't address whether they were good looking or not.
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Joseph Greathouse
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Posted: 04 July 2016 at 6:17pm | IP Logged | 3  

I have yet to see a convincing argument as to "why not"?
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If you are dealing with an established character, the onus is on the person proposing the change to argue 'why' and not on anyone else to argue 'why not?'
Okay...because we have already seen a regeneration of a time lord into a female I am okay if we saw THE time lord regenerate into a female. And I wasn't proposing anything, I was simply answering the OP question. I promise that should I make a proposal of any kind, i will take the onus to argue , "why".  As it stands, I still see no valid argument as to "why not?"
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Emery Calame
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Posted: 05 July 2016 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 4  

"The doors to the TARDIS swing open and a stoutly built bearded gentleman (played by Brian Blessed) ambles into the control room. "


Susan, why have you regenerated into a more hygienic knockoff of King Yrcanos? And who are these Hawkmen you speak of? Why should they dive? If you dare answer me in "the Gungan voice" I'll throw you off the TARDIS are we perfectly clear? 

Edited by Emery Calame on 05 July 2016 at 10:36am
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John Byrne

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Posted: 05 July 2016 at 12:10pm | IP Logged | 5  

I agree,Russell T Davies started it,with the `Omnisexual` Captain Jack.

Which seemed to manifest mostly as him being Gay. The character played by James Marsters seemed to be the one who played fully into that aspect.

"She's hot!"

"That's a French Poodle!!"

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Warren Scott
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Posted: 09 December 2016 at 12:02pm | IP Logged | 6  

I think I could accept a woman as The Doctor as long as they follow the trend of casting a quirky but intelligent person for the part and not someone just intended for sex appeal.
I don't think I could accept an American doctor, though. There is a British quality about the character.
Another question might be, could The Doctor be accepted as a British black man or British man of Asian descent? (Do you Brits have terms like black American or Asian American like we have?)
I'm also against stunt casting. The creators should ask, would changing the Doctor's sex bring something new to the character? Would it attract more female fans or are there already plenty of those?
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Anthony J Lombardi
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Posted: 09 December 2016 at 2:29pm | IP Logged | 7  

I still see no valid argument as to "why not?"
There is no valid argument as to why the Doctor couldn't regenerate into a woman. The Master regenerating into a female established that it is possible.

I don't want that to happen. My only reason for not wanting race or gender swapping. Because that's not how it has been growing up. I don't want that kind of change. If it were to happen I wouldn't be happy about it. But I wouldn't give up on the show. In the case of the Doctor there is a logical reason for being able to swap. So I would eventually accept it. Providing that I like who is playing the Doctor. 

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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 12 December 2016 at 2:54pm | IP Logged | 8  

I've thought about it, and I have no problem with the Doctor regenerating into a woman, if:

1. Any jokes about the gender swap disappear after the first episode.

2. No reverse romance angle. Meaning no male companion (or even a lesbian or bisexual one) falling for the Doctor.

But an American actor playing the Doctor? Absolutely not. Though if they ever give the Doctor an American companion again, I'd rather they actually cast an American. 
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Steve De Young
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Posted: 12 December 2016 at 4:33pm | IP Logged | 9  

Hopefully, any American offered the role would have the sense that Adam West did when offered James Bond and turn it down.  These days though, I don't know.
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Sam Karns
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Posted: 16 July 2017 at 10:08am | IP Logged | 10  

No to the first question, but Yes on the 2nd one if the american actor plays the character as if they're from the UK.  European talents come to America to play American characters, I don't see why an American can't portray an English character.   
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