Doctor Who is something fans are hugely passionate about, particularly when it comes to who is cast as the beloved Doctor.

Now, John Barrowman has said he would love to see a trans or “gender non-specific” actor taking over the role when Jodie Whittaker’s time comes to an end.

Seeing as people were furious this week about a plastic potato going gender-neutral, we can’t see this suggestion going down too well.

Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness on the iconic series, as well as the former spin-off show Torchwood.

He made a return to Doctor Who in the show’s 2020 series as well as a New Year’s Day special.

“A Transgender Doctor”

There have been many reports recently speculating that current Doctor Jodie Whittaker will be leaving the series soon.
Barrowman was asked who he thought would make the perfect Doctor, should Jodie need replacing.

He told “I’d love to see a transgender Doctor. I think that would be awesome.”

Barrowman also said that an “androgynous, gender non-specific person” would be “really good” as the show’s lead.

Jodie Whittaker is the first female Doctor in the show’s history. Barrowman admitted that the decision to make her the Doctor was a “leap” for the show. He added: “They made a huge leap and it worked for them, and then [it’s] time for them to make another leap.”


His character of Captain Jack is described on the show as being “omnisexual”.

In a recent interview with The Independent Barrowman explains why he thinks his character is so accepting of Whittaker as the Doctor.

Barrowman said: “Jack doesn’t see the shell the Doctor is in, he’s seeing what’s inside, the two hearts.

“It doesn’t matter to him if the Doctor is male, female, trans… as long as it’s the Doctor.”

John said: ‘I was the first openly gay actor playing a character like Captain Jack, who we called omnisexual. He didn’t care who he slept with really, and he was unapologetic about his sexuality”

He added: “We have had LGBTQ+ representation on the TARDIS. During Peter Capaldi’s reign, we had a character who was a lesbian [Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie]. So yeah, we’ve had them, why not have a Doctor the same?’”

Asked if the new doctor was LGBTQ+, did he think Captain Jack could be a love interest?  John said: ‘If that were to happen, that would be a massive decision. Captain Jack, I think, would just come back – if it does happen – for one off things, because he is a popular character,’ he said.

Back in January, The Daily Mirror claimed that Whittaker was planning to leave Doctor Who after three series.

However, the BBC says they will not comment on the future of the show or who would be cast as the next Doctor.

Other previous Doctors, including Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and Sylvester McCoy all left the programme after three seasons.

Do you agree with John that a trans Doctor should be next?

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