‘Doctor Who’ cast gets a little boost in the lady department

This all looks like a step in the direction for women in the Whoniverse.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Published Jun 30, 2014   Updated Jan 28, 2021, 12:12 am CST

In what may be a sign of Steven Moffat listening to the widespread criticism of the way he writes female characters, the new season of Doctor Who is set to include a lot more women.

Last week’s new Doctor Who trailer has opened the floodgates for new season 8 info, including the announcement that Scottish comedy actress Michelle Gomez (Green Wing) will be joining the cast as a “satanic” new character known as the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere. She will appear in the season finale, which incidentally is the first episode by a female director since Steven Moffat took over as showrunner.

At the same time, photos of a new episode have revealed that two female characters from the 50th anniversary special will return this season. Kate Stewart is the daughter of old-school Who character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, while Osgood is a government scientist with a fangirlish hero worship of the Doctor.

The set photos indicate that Osgood has gone from wearing a striped scarf like the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), to cosplaying Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor by wearing a bow tie. Osgood has become a kind of mascot of Doctor Who fandom, so plenty of Whovians are excited to see her return for another episode.

Season 8 will also see the return of the Victorian alien Madam Vastra and her wife Jenny, as well as new female characters played by Hermione Norris and Keeley Hawes. 

This all looks like a step in the direction for women in the Whoniverse, after the amount of screentime given to female characters rapidly decreased during Steven Moffat’s time as showrunner. Maybe once they’ve got the Bechdel Test situation out of the way, they can get around to hiring a female writer or two

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2014, 12:44 pm CDT