She played a Mossad agent in ‘The Debt,’ a retired CIA operative in ‘Reds’ and even the Queen of England in ‘The Queen,’ but now Oscar award winner Helen Mirren has set her sights to play the next Doctor in the long running British television show ‘Doctor Who.’

Mirren has been quoted by the Daily Star as saying “I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to just be his sidekick.”

The idea of a Doctor other than a male Caucasian has been discussed throughout the years and it has already been hinted in the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” that Time Lords can regenerate into a woman (remember the comment about the Corsair?).  It would, however, bring about a new dynamic into the show should the next Doctor happen to be a woman.

Oddly enough, Matt Smith had listed Mirren as one of the celebrities he’d like to see join him in the TARDIS saying, “Helen Mirren would be great in Doctor Who….” Although I don’t think he meant as his replacement.

So unless Mirren changes her mind about not wanting to be a companion (as the Ponds will be leaving and there is an opening for that position), she may have to wait a while as Smith has another year or so in his contract until the Doctor will be regenerating.

So what do you think? Is the universe ready for a female Doctor and should it be Mirren?