All those scarf-wearing, bemused older gentleman, quizzically strolling about and riding in phone boxes. Women? Well, they just make admiring assistants, really.
Thankfully, however, the Doctor Who gender dynamic could be about to change.
Peter Capaldi announced during an interview with Jo Whiley on Radio 2 yesterday that he would be stepping down from his coveted role.
“I feel it’s time to move on,” he said. “I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on… I can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”
His final episode, he added, would be shown at Christmas 2017.
As with every Doctor, his departure has already sparked a flurry of bets on who the next Timelord could be. The likelihood that we could be set to see our first female Doctor Who is higher than you might think.
Book makers William Hill place odds at 20/1 for former assistant Billie Piper to return to the show as the Doctor. The actress, who played Rose Tyler between the years 2005-2013, would certainly be a popular fit.
Also at 20/1 to take the lead is national treasure Olivia Colman. The multi-award-winning actress stars opposite former Doctor David Tennant in police drama Broadchurch.
As for the boys, James Bond actor Ben Whishaw is in the lead with 6/1 odds to play the Doctor.
Meanwhile, IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade is another popular choice at 8/1, halved from 16/1 in just 12 hours since betting opened.
“Everyone seems to have an opinion and we have added almost twenty new names into the betting in the first twelve hours of betting,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. “There is also a small move to suggest that we might just get the first female Doctor.”
We hope he’s right. We need a smart new female character role model who gives the orders for a change, not just blindly follow them.