Doctor Who: “the loss of a role model for boys”, says Peter Davison

Peter Davison

Whilst reaction amongst former Doctors has been positive regarding the appointment of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who, one of them has broken rank just a little.

Peter Davison, who has been appearing at San Diego Comic-Con, firstly was keen to praise the ability of Jodie Whittaker, calling her a “terrific actress”. But he also cautioned against the casting of a female Doctor, arguing that “if I feel any doubts, it’s the loss of a role model for boys who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for”.

He added that “I feel a bit sad about that, but I understand the argument that you need to open it up”.

The likes of Colin Baker and David Tennant have been far more positive in their response, both backing a female Doctor. Colin Baker, in response to Davison’s remarks, said that “they’ve had 50 years of having a role model. So sorry Peter, you’re talking rubbish there – absolute rubbish”.

Jodie Whittaker takes over the role of the Doctor in this year’s Christmas special.

Telegraph