Oh Peter, why did you have to say that? Who actor is "sad" that The Doctor is going to become a woman.
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Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor back in the eighties, has come out against the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor. In a panel at San Diego Comic-Con the actor was asked for his thoughts on the Whittaker picking up the keys to the TARDIS he responded "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 went on to say "I feel a bit sad about that, but I understand the argument that you need to open it up."
Let's think about this for a minute. First up - boys, who statistically make up about half the population but who have more proportionally more male role models are somehow being perceived as losing out by having one of them - for an unknown period of time - suddenly not being male any more. Terrible.
It's an argument that conveniently overlooks the fact that boys can (and should be actively encouraged) to look up to women as role models. What's wrong with a boy looking at strong female characters in literature, films or TV and wanting to learn from them and base their moral compass on what they do? Why can't boys learn to respect women and children as being their equals in every way by watching them on screen?
We've all seen the "what's next? Jane Bond" or "shouldn't it be Nurse Who" comments - and UKIP
cockwomble MP Roger Helmer tweeted "Doctor Who to regenerate as a woman". Maybe next time as a golden retriever?"
"Doctor Who to regenerate as a woman". Maybe next time as a golden retriever?
— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) July 20, 2017
By denying our kids of good, solid, role models of both sexes we're doing them a disservice. We're already seeing the effects of the imbalance that the media industry has put in front of our children's eyes by the way that enclaves of boys AND men attack women for no reason other than their genitals being different. It happens on social media and in real life.
The responsible thing for the media AND parents to do is use these opportunities to discuss the issues that arise with their kids - embrace changes like this as it helps the next generation form a better, more wholesome, and accepting world view.
THIS IS REALLY SHIT - IT SUCKS - IT'S STUPID - KILLS THE SHOW. I want nothing more to do with it and I HATE CHRIS CHIBNALL - HE CAN FUCK OFF
— Ian Levine (@IanLevine) July 16, 2017
Hardcore fandom should NEVER be the barometer for what is a sensible boundary - and when we're talking about something like Doctor Who; which has been and always will be a family show aimed at kids and their parents this is even more true...
It's one thing to have artistic concerns about a character or the actor playing them, it's quite enough to aggressively dismiss said character or actor because of their sex - even if that sex changes. In the case of Doctor Who specifically, gender and appearance has been a fluid concept for a long time - pretty much since the start, so why is this seemingly small change creating so much hate.
So, Peter - MY Doctor - I'm disappointed that you would fall back on such a trite reasoning for being disappointed in Jodie Whittaker becoming our new favourite Timelord. It's not something to be "sad" about and we have lost nothing.