Peter Davison quits Twitter amidst female Doctor debate

July 28th, 2017
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Peter Davison has quit Twitter as a result of the backlash he received following comments he made regarding the casting of the first female Doctor.

During a recent interview at San Diego Comic-Con, the Fifth Doctor actor affirmed that landing the ionic role is a “fantastic opportunity” for Jodie Whittaker as he urged fans to encourage those who are doubtful to “watch it with an open mind”. However, he also admitted to feeling “a bit sad” that the series has potentially now lost its central role model for boys, who he believes the show is “vitally important for”.

He explained: “I quite like the idea of the Doctor as a boy, but maybe that’s because I’m an old-fashioned dinosaur. It’s irrelevant now. We have a new Doctor so let’s give her our full support.”

An inevitable backlash ensued, with Peter subsequently deleting his Twitter profile due to the “toxicity” of the evolving debate. “The used to be fun,” he wrote in his final post. “Now it’s not. Must dash.”

1 comment on this article
  1. JC
    July 28th, 2017 at 6.40pm | #1

    So very sad. It comes to something when the fans (and others) feel the need to lynch mob a former Doctor and harrass him to the point that he leaves social media.

    I personally support Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor and I’m excited to see what she does with it, but I really sympathise with those that aren’t sure or aren’t happy with such a seismic change in Doctor Who lore. It got nasty really fast and even the 5th Doctor was caught up in it.

    I just hope things will start to calm down again now.

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