October 12, 2010 2:54 AM Subscribe
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Back in the 80s when Doctor Who
was mired in a creative and ratings slump, the programme's creator Sydney Newman was asked how to revive it. His answer
- regenerate the Doctor as a woman.
Actresses suggested included Frances de la Tour, Dawn French and Joanna Lumley (who sort of did play the Doctor eventually in 'The Curse Of The Fatal Death
Back in 2008, when David Tennent left the series the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology suggested
that "making a high profile sci-fi character with a following like Doctor Who female would help to raise the profile of women in science".