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

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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.