Hayley Atwell as The Next Doctor Who?

Everyone’s favorite original S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent and Dubsmash champion Hayley Atwell set Twitter on fire earlier today with a tweet design to make Whovians’ heads explode.

When asked if she’s like to be on “Doctor Who” she replied, “I’d like to BE Doctor Who.”

Now, to clarify, she just said she wants to be Doctor Who. No one has contacted her about a role, no one from BBC or Steven Moffat’s office has asked her about being on the show. She just said she wanted to.

And then Twitter, Facebook, and news outlets everywhere exploded in support. 

This makes a lot of sense. After so many regenerations, isn’t it time to regenerate as a woman? Or perhaps let the moniker of The Doctor fall to a female Timelord who takes up his mantle and shares his memories and consciousness the same way Donna Noble briefly did? As a science-fiction show that constantly re-writes its own rules and mythology, this shouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility.

In fact, in a moment of prescient brilliance, we discussed this very thing on an episode of the Who Virgin podcast, where I watch Doctor Who for the first time. And when we talked about fan-casting a female Doctor, I had one suggestion: Hayley Atwell. 

Ok, maybe this isn’t totally genius of me that “I called it,” but it’s just that it’s such a no-brainer. 

We’re only one month away from the Series 9 premiere. And already we have to wonder what the future holds for The Doctor. We’ll definitely be there, and we’ll be there if Hayley Atwell shows up in a Series 10, 11, 12, or anytime in the future. The talented and beautiful Ms. Atwell next appears in a second season of “Agent Carter,” premiering on ABC in early 2016.

What do you robots think? Hayley Atwell yass? Or Hayley Atwell nawwwww?