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After 50 Years, Will We Finally Get a Woman Doctor Who?

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Helen Mirren wants to be the next Doc (we love this idea!).

Big news this week for Doctor Who fans: the show’s lead actor is out the door. For those who don’t watch the British hit series, Slate’s XX factor breaks it down:

The Doctor is basically immortal. In the biggest power grab in the history of television screenwriting, the showrunners decided that any given incarnation of the Doctor could die and the character would simply regenerate into a new body. This comes in handy whenever an actor playing Doctor Who quits or gets too demanding: Just kill him off and start fresh with another. The show has been around for 50 years thanks to this conceit.

The 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, just announced that he is leaving the series. The 12th Doctor should be a woman. It’s time.

BitchMedia votes for Helen Mirren or Tilda Swinton. While Slate thinks Emma Watson would be a perfect fit. Who would you pick as the next Doctor?

— MICHELE DAGLE

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