But fans and several former Time Lords, including Sylvester McCoy and Peter Davison, say the Doctor should never be a woman—often citing tradition or general traits innate to the character's gender.
The Doctor is male and, while precedent was set in the series for Time Lords to change gender, in the real world such a change would destroy ratings. Some would argue the programme revolves around change – and that’s true. But making the Doctor female would do no more than tick an “equality” box. If Auntie Beeb wants a female Time Lord, then give us a spin-off – we’d welcome it. Just don’t mess with our boy!