But BBC bosses weren't sold on the idea...
Whoopi Goldberg has revealed that she once asked Doctor Who bosses if she could become the show’s first female lead.
In 2017, Jodie Whittaker was revealed to be the 13th incarnation of the Doctor – becoming the first-ever female to portray the iconic character. Following her popularity with viewers, it was confirmed in December that she will be returning to the role next year for a second stint.
Now, US comedian and actor Whoopi Goldberg has said that she asked the BBC if she could play the titular time-traveller years ago.
“I wanted to be the first female Doctor,” she said in a discussion on David Tennant’s podcast, suggesting that the plot could’ve seen her as “the American version of Doctor Who” after the timelord travelled to New York.
“We don’t have a Doctor Who,” she continued. “We don’t have that character who is travelling through dimension and time, and being an observer – sometimes a hindrance, sometimes a help. The idea of that just so made me happy.”
However, Goldberg explained that the BBC weren’t so keen on her pitch. “But they were like, ‘Um, no’,” she remembered. “So I was like, ‘OK, I’m cool. I understand’.”
Despite being snubbed by the Beeb, Goldberg later entered the sci-fi universe by starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Speaking of her love for the genre, she said: “I always felt like science fiction movies predicted the future. They told you what was coming, and how to prepare for it. Whether it was climate change, hand computers or being able to move around in different dimensions.”
A special episode of Doctor Who called ‘Resolution’ aired on New Year’s Day ahead of the new season.