Benedict Cumberbatch already has thought of a name for possible female 'Sherlock'

Defending Jodie Whittaker's selection as the new Time Lord in 'Doctor Who,' the star also addressed the possibility of a female version of BBC 'Sherlock.'

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Benedict Cumberbatch already has thought of a name for possible female 'Sherlock'
Benedict Cumberbatch poses for photographers during a photo call for The Current War at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, September 10, 2017.


British star Benedict Cumberbatch leapt to the defence of Jodie Whittaker, who has been cast as the first female Doctor in BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, and said he would be fine if a woman steps into the role of famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

The 41-year-old actor, who has been playing Sherlock since 2010, said gender of the actor does not matter to him if the performance is up to the mark and he is confident that Whittaker will do justice to the role of Doctor, reported Variety.

"(Doctor) It's an alien. Why can't it be a woman, why can't it be any gender? It doesn't matter to me. I don't speak as someone who has the right as a fan to have an incredibly strong opinion. I just speak as someone who wants to see Jodie Whittaker's performance as the doctor.

"I think she's an extraordinary actress and we are lucky, culturally, to have got her to agree to do it, let alone any debate ensuing about whether it's right or wrong," Cumberbatch said.

Asked whether there could be a female Sherlock, he added, "Why not? I don't care. 'Sherlockina' is coming to you soon!"

A new series of Sherlock has yet to be confirmed since the most recent episode aired eight months ago.

Meanwhile, co-creator Mark Gatiss admitted earlier this year that the show might never return.

Gatiss, who co-created the hit BBC detective drama with Steven Moffat, blamed the difficulty of getting stars Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on set at the same time.

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