It was back in 2015 during a Twitter Q&A that Peggy Carter actress Hayley Atwell chimed in on the question of what role she might like to take on and she revealed that it would be playing Doctor Who’s 900-year old time lord in his first female incarnation. With the news of the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi stepping out of the role, there have been as many ideas for who should take up the sonic screwdriver next as there are fans of the series.
But the years have rolled along and it seems that Atwell has had a change of heart. While on a panel at London’s Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, she said:
I don’t want to play it. It’s just not my thing, but I really respect it.
She did continue on with an idea of who she would like to see in the role when the time comes:
I’m a big fan of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, though. She plays the lead in Fleabag. There were talks of her being the next Doctor, and she’s so funny and eccentric and unique; she’d be great. I can’t really see anyone other than her playing it.
In addition to Fleabag, Waller-Bridge has also had recurring roles in both Crushing and Broadchurch. Then there’s also the time when the actress was in an episode of How Not to Live Your Life featuring flogger and corset.