Academy Award winner and host of “The View”, Whoopi Goldberg recently revealed she tried to break ground by pitching the BBC to become the first female Doctor, years before Jodie Whittaker took the helm.
Goldberg was chatting with David Tennant, AKA the 10th Doctor, on his new podcast, and explained to him that she had pitched the idea of her picking up the sonic screwdriver some years ago, but was met with rejection.
“I wanted to be the first female Doctor … the American version of Doctor Who ends up in New York and it’s me”, she told Tennant.
“The idea of that so made me happy. But they were like ‘Um no.’ I was like, ‘OK, I’m cool. I understand.’”
Goldberg has been an active player in sci-fi media, known especially for her role as Guinan on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. She has cited seeing Uhura on TV, a black woman on the bridge who was contributing and being respected by others, was a huge inspiration to her as a child, not just for her acting aspirations but as a human being.
Whoopi spoke with the Radio Times way back in 2017, where she first mentioned that she wanted to star in “Doctor Who”.
“I always hope when I come to England, the BBC will say, ‘Hey we want you to do something.’ I would love that”, she told The Sun, while speaking about her love of British TV.
“You have a different quality now on television. The way you guys have always done shows has always been the smartest and we’ve finally just figured it out.
“I like the idea of doing things the way y’all do them, you do some really fun stuff like Black Mirror or, you know, I’m still dying to do Doctor Who.”