DOCTOR Who's former show boss has revealed the female Time Lord he wished he’d cast ahead of Jodie Whittaker.
Jodie, 37, was announced as the first female Doctor in 2017 and was subsequently introduced in that year's Christmas Special.
However, former show runner Russell T Davies has revealed who he would have chosen to be the first female incarnation of the Time Lord when he was in charge.
As he tweeted along to a rerun of series four episodes The Stolen Earth and Journey's End, Russell discussed what he would have done if he could do it all again.
The episode saw David Tennant getting shot by a Dalek before returning to the TARDIS and regenerating, and Russell tweeted: "If I had my time again…I'd have MILKED that. I'd have cast a whole new Doctor, a superstar for ONE scene.
"Ian McKellen! Judi Dench! Have them run around the Tardis. Then discover the hand, and regenerate back. IMAGINE!!! Why didn't i?!".
Indeed, if Russell had managed to get Dame Judi, 85, to make a quick cameo as the Doctor, she would have been Jodie to be the first female Time Lord by nine years.
Russell has been revisiting his time as show runner on the BBC sci-fi series a lot over the last few weeks while the country is in lockdown due to the coronavirus.
Last month, he released an unearthed Rose prequel episode fronted by Billie Piper from the BBC’s 2005 reboot.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "ROSE livestream and tweet-a-long, THURSDAY 26 MARCH at 7pm GMT.
"Come and have fun! Before that, Thursday daytime, time TBC, we’ll release ROSE: THE PREQUEL on the BBC’s Doctor Who website – it’s a lost piece of history from the 50th anniversary year, 2013.
"Never seen before! ROSE is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer and Netflix; worldwide, check your own resources (don’t ask me, I have no clue!).
"If you can’t find a copy, close your eyes at 7pm GMT and feel my psychic link.
"Yeah. I’ll be tweeting along, twitter handle to be named on Thursday!Plus more surprise to come. Oh what a lockdown this is!"
Russell was show runner on Doctor Who from 2005, when it was first rebooted by the BBC, until 2010.
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