Okay, first, before I ask this, the title says it all, and before we get into the weeds, please think about what you want to say, and please, please.. We are all enlightened and intelligent 21st century individuals. We all share our own quirks, and biases on any subject. We all have an opinion, and I would like to not see this thread deleted or shut down by the mods, so for the love of intellectual sharing, please respect each others opinion, politely disagree but no flaming.. This is a touchy subject.. So.. To the Question.. Would a transgender, or Openly Gay Doctor work, or would it be the death nail in the series? it's not to say, is it acceptable, but rather, would that aspect have a direct effect on the ratings, making the show become a thing tuned out by viewers? I'm not talking hidden overtones, I am talking like say, the Birdcage type acting.. quirky funny companion, gay doctor, but serious? I am not gay myself, nor do I feel it could be a hit if it went that way, however.. the Bird cage is one of my favorite movies dealing with that subject, and as comedy is something in Doctor who, and attitudes being what they are in the UK.. I ask simply from the perspective of the show, and it's success.. what I am curious is to know my fellow Whovians, are the various philosophical points on this subject from like minded fans. As for the Transgender aspect.. Yes, we know a Timelord can switch their gender, but if you accept the premise that being gay is not simply about being born one gender and preferring to be another, that maybe a woman, simply likes another woman, and is not wanting to be a man, then it would be something like that in the show, and not the changing of the sex..