Dr Who Sex Change

Poll results revealed! Who should be the first female Doctor, and more…

Tomorrow the relaunched SFX hits the newsstand, with a new look, new features and a new energy. On the cover is none other than Matt Smith – the Eleventh Doctor Who – and there’s a special, unique Doctor Who -related sonic treat awaiting you when you open the front cover.

And to celebrate this momentous occasion, SFX .co.uk is continuing the Doctor Who theme with the announcement of the results of our Craziest Ever Doctor Who Poll .

A few weeks back we asked you to vote in a number of categories, all of them less than of Earth-shattering importance, but kinda fun, we hope. Well, they must have been, because we had a massive response. Thank you!

So, drum roll please…

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Who would make the best first female Doctor Who?

Certain Doctor Who fans will argue that there has already been a female Doctor Who. Or maybe two. Joanna Lumley played the role in a Comic Relief skit back in 1999, and blimmin’ good she was too, though voters 11 years on seem to have forgotten that. But that was hardly “canon”. And other fans are convinced that River Song (Alex Kingston) will be revealed as a future incarnation of the Doctor, but that’s mere speculation for now (and pretty much debunked by Steven Moffat at the series six preview screening on Saturday).

So instead, you lot have voted Helena Bonham Carter as the woman you’d like to see at the controls of the TARDIS.

Some might argue that Helena Bonham Carter’s whole career has been one long dress rehearsal for the part. The human personification of “wacky”, and with a body seemingly designed to be poured into a bodice, she may have broken into the big time with roles in stately British period pieces but these days she’s the Queen Of Strange. The Doctor has always been an eccentric and actresses don’t come much more eccentric than HBC. That’s why Tim Burton loves her so much. Of all the Doctors so far she is probably most like a female Tom Baker, though we can see little bits of Troughton, Tennant and Smith in there too. What should she wear? A black wedding dress probably.

In second place was Black Books and Episode s star Tamsin Greig who would probably make a far more sarcastic, world-weary Doctor. She always has that slightly distracted look that always makes you think she’s not quite connected with this world, which is the prefect aura for the alien Time Lord. What should she wear? Tie-dyed ’70s garb?

Also popular were Emma Thompson (who would surely put in a very English, Peter Davison style performance, dressed like Nanny McPhee), Ashes To Ashes ’ Keeley Hawes (who we can see as a New Romantic Doctor, more worried about her make-up* and looking unflappable than saving the world) and Harry Potter ’s Emma Watson (the potential St Trinian’s Doctor – we think some voters just never want her to leave the school girl uniform behind).

(* This is NOT a sexist comment – all New Romantics, male or female, were always worried about their make-up.)

Iceland advertiser Kerry Katona didn’t prove very popular, though, except for with those who’d like to see the programme crash and burn.

1 Helena Bonham Carter 14.79%
2 Tamsin Greig 9.5%
3 Emma Thompson 8.54%
4 Keeley Hawes 6.35%
5 Emma Watson 5.87%
6 Jessica Hynes 5.23%
7 Helen Mirren 4.86%
8 Emilia Fox 4.48%
9 Miranda Richardson 4.43%
10 Joanna Lumley 3.26%
11 Miranda Hart 3.2%
12 Anna Friel 3.15%
13 Lenora Crichlow 3.1%
14 Judi Dench 3.1%
15 Gemma Arterton 2.72%
16 Rosamund Pike 2.67%
17 Lady Gaga 2.56%
18 Keira Knightley 2.4%
19 Dawn French 1.98%
20 Sinead Keenan 1.6%
21 Jennifer Saunders 1.44%
22 Lilly Allen 1.28%
23 Meera Syal 0.75%
24 Ruth Jones 0.75%
25 Anne Robinson 0.53%
26 Cheryl Cole 0.43%
27 Joanna Page 0.43%
28 Ruby Wax 0.32%
29 Antonia Thomas 0.21%
30 Kerry Katona 0.05%


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