Saturday, July 22, 2017

Full Transcript of 5th Doctor Peter Davison SDCC Comments about the New Female Doctor Who

I wrote a blog article last night about news that former "Doctor Who" actor Peter Davison lamented the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor and that the casting decision was "a loss of a role model for boys." I went to bed and then woke up to a more complete, nuanced transcript of Davison's statements at the San Diego Comic Con.

So I took down my original post and decided to post Peter Davison's complete statement:
"I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for her and I think that it will be hard for some fans to adjust to it. As I said before, it’s difficult to adjust to any new Doctor, but I think the important thing is that those are uncertain fellows, those who are uncertain should be encouraged to watch it with an open mind. ... I don’t know, I feel... I think the time for discussion about that is past. They’ve made the announcement. Jodie Whittaker is the next Doctor and that’s great! 
I feel.. if I feel any doubts about it, 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’ve got to open it up, so that’s absolutely fair enough. So she has my best wishes and full confidence. I’m sure she’ll do a wonderful job. 
As a viewer, I kind of like the idea of the Doctor as a boy, but then maybe I’m an old fashioned dinosaur. Who knows? But I think that’s irrelevant now. The time for discussion is over. We have a new Doctor. And let’s give her our full support. 
I would encourage them to watch. I think there’s too much... you know on the internet... there’s too much bile coming from both sides. And too many people are being horribly sexist about it, and too many people are saying, ‘Well, we don’t care about you. You’re old fashioned. Go away and watch something else.’ I think fans who are doubtful, who are uncertain should be encouraged and welcomed. And just approach it with an open mind. 
Oh yeah, of course. I mean, she’s a terrific actress. And you can absolutely understand it. Look, someone rings you up... I know this feeling... someone rings you up one night. You’re sitting at home and they say ‘how would you feel about being the next Doctor Who?’ It’s a fantastic opportunity, so of course, she grabs it with both hands. I’m sure she’ll do a wonderful job!"
So there you go. Much more nuanced response than you would have read in this article. And a much more positive and affirming reaction from Peter Davison.

I mentioned in the now-deleted post that Peter Davison was "my" Doctor. I watched the Tom Baker episodes when I first began watching "Doctor Who" in the late 70s, but I fell in love with Peter Davison's Doctor, as well as his initial team of companions (Tegan, Nyssa, and Adric).

I'm so glad that I did a little more digging and was able to clear the air about my favorite Old School Doctor Who!


Handy Melon said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!
I love the Fifth Doctor and Peter Davison and think he has been very badly treated by the media recently over this issue.

Jon said...

You are welcome!