Former Doctor Who star Peter Davison had some choice words about the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the franchise’s first ever female Doctor.
At an appearance at Comic-con in San Diego last week, Davison said that while Whittaker is a “terrific actress,” he feared the casting of a female Doctor would mean “the loss of a role model for boys who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for.”
One former Doctor, Colin Baker, had no such reservations and expressed his dismay at the backlash.
Cannot deny that I am amazed by the 'never watch it again' reaction by some viewers ( I hesitate to call them 'fans'). Very sad— Colin Baker (@Colin Baker) 1500224058.0
Baker, who played the sixth incarnation of the Doctor from 1984-1986, expressed his support for Whittaker, remarking that Davison’s statement was “absolute rubbish.”
“They’ve had 50 years of having a role model. So sorry Peter, you’re talking rubbish there – absolute rubbish.”
“Well you don’t have to be of a gender of someone to be a role model. Can’t you be a role model as people?”
David Tennant, the series’ tenth Doctor, also expressed his support for Whittaker’s casting, saying “I can’t think of a finer choice.”
Good to see Davison is in the minority with his views. We enthusiastically welcome Whittaker with open whisks and plungers as our new Doctor.
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