Doctor Who actor Colin Baker has branded Peter Davison’s disparaging comments regarding Jodie Whittaker being cast as the new Doctor “absolute rubbish”.
Whittaker was announced as the BBC sci-fi’s first female lead on Sunday, but Davison – who played the Time Lord between 1981 and 1984 – said that the casting meant there was “a loss of a role model for boys”, and that although the Broadchurch star was a “terrific actress”, he doubts that she is right for the role. He added that it might be because he is “a dinosaur”, but that he prefers the idea of the Doctor being “a boy”.
Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego, Fifth Doctor Davison said: “If I feel any doubts, it’s the loss of a role model for boys who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for. So I feel a bit sad about that, but I understand the argument that you need to open it up.”
However Baker hit back at Davison, saying that his comments were “absolute rubbish.”
“Well you don’t have to be of a gender of someone to be a role model,” he added. “Can’t you be a role model as people?”