John Barrowman Hopes Next Doctor Who Is Transgender

Doctor Who’s John Barrowman has expressed his hope that the 14th Doctor will be transgender or a ‘gender non-specific person’. 

Jodie Whittaker has played the iconic role since 2017. However, rumours have been circulating for months that she is stepping down.

When casting the next Doctor, Barrowman, who played the omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness on the BBC show, says the producers should make ‘another leap’.

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Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in the Who-universe, says the show needs to make another ‘leap’. Credit: BBC

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

He added: “With Jodie, they made a leap. They made a huge leap and it worked for them, and then [it’s] time for them to make another leap.”

Opening up about LGBTQ+ representation on the show, he 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.

“We have had LGBTQ+ representation on the TARDIS. During Peter Capaldi’s reign, we had a character who was a lesbian.

“So yeah, we’ve had them, why not have a Doctor the same?”

Last year, the show introduced its first transgender companion with Rebecca Root – who plays Tania Bell  –  in the Big Finish audio series Stranded.

When cast, she revealed she would have loved to have seen a trans person in shows when she was younger.

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Written by Aimee Walker

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