Yes, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has finally, finally announced out loud that the Doctor not only can be a woman, but that the character's next reincarnation may finally see this monumental (and long overdue) change.

Photo: Jacklyn Black Cosplay.

He also confirmed that gender itself is "fluid" for the residents of Gallifrey, something effectively proven by this past season, when the Master's new form was revealed to have had switched genders, and the Doctor was not shocked by the change (he was shocked by the fact the Master had survived and had weaponized the dead and pretty much everything else she'd done, but not the gender swap). As Moffat told Wales Online: "He doesn't seem to register the fact that his old friend is now a woman. So obviously, he doesn't think it's a remarkable thing to happen. We must assume that gender is quite fluid on Gallifrey."

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It's nice to have this officially confirmed, but its what Moffat told SFX that has us even happier:

"There easily could be a female Doctor. I think the next time might be a female Doctor. I don't see why not. I think it's good to do that."

Moffat went on to say that he didn't want to do any more speculation about the next Doctor, seeing as Peter Capaldi is possibly only as the beginning of his tenure and doing a tremendous job, and I can get behind that. But I'm extremely glad Moffat finally seems to be on board to put a female Doctor at the helm of the TARDIS. And I'll be even more glad if Moffat hires Ruth Wilson as the Thirteenth Doctor, as all good folk know he should.

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[Via Doctor Who TV]