Former Doctor Who stars row over Jodie Whittaker casting

Comic-Con 2017: Two former Doctor Who stars and a companion agree: A female Time Lord is a good thing

Comic-Con 2017: Two former Doctor Who stars and a companion agree: A female Time Lord is a good thing

Speaking before an appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego, Davison said Whittaker, 35, was a "terrific actress" who would do "wonderful job" and that he hoped those who found it hard to adjust would watch "with an open mind".

Among those who have criticised the casting is Davison, who played the fifth Doctor.

But the 66-year-old told the Press Association: "If I feel any doubts, it's the loss of a role model for boys, who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for". Colin Baker (right), who succeeded Davison in the role in 1984, dismissed the comments as "absolute rubbish".

"So I feel a bit sad about that, but I understand the argument that you need to open it up".

At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, previous Doctor Who star David Tennant reportedly referred to the series as "another story with a strong female lead" (via Radio Times).

"The white male dominance of the role has been nothing if not timid", Baker, who played the sixth Doctor from 1984 to 1986, said per Mashable.

Baker, 74, who was the Doctor from 1984-1986 taking over from Davison who was Lord from 1982-1984, has always been all for a woman stepping into the huge role and has celebrated Whittaker's selection.

Baker, who has four daughters, previously called the decision to select a woman after 12 men in the role "brave and game-changing casting".

The corporation's director general, Tony Hall, says there will be a "parity" in earnings between Jodie Whittaker and Peter Capaldi.

"You can't always know what you're doing but every session ends with screaming your lungs out!" he said of his new zombie-hunting role, adding that it was also significantly different to his recent voice-acting parts in series like Ducktales and Thunderbirds Are Go.

"Well you don't have to be of a gender of someone to be a role model".

'They see a future world where that is irrelevant and it's perhaps time Doctor Who and its fans did too, ' he added.

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