Former Doctor Who star Colin Baker hits out at ‘sad’ reaction from fans
He dismissed jokes about whether Whittaker would be able to park the Tardis.
Former Time Lord Colin Baker has hit out at the “sad” reaction from some fans to the casting of Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who.
The actress, 35, has been unveiled as the first female Doctor in the long-running sci-fi show.
Baker, 74, who starred as the Doctor from 1984 to 1986, tweeted: “Cannot deny that I am amazed by the ‘never watch it again’ reaction by some viewers (I hesitate to call them ‘fans’). Very sad.”
And he wrote: “To those making ‘parking the Tardis’ jokes – name me one male Doctor that was unfailingly good at that!”
Whittaker will take over from Peter Capaldi as the 13th reincarnation of the Time Lord.
Cannot deny that I am amazed by the 'never watch it again' reaction by some viewers ( I hesitate to call them 'fans'). Very sad— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
Change my dears and not a moment too soon - she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not!— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
And to those making 'parking the Tardis' jokes - name me one make Doctor that was unfailingly good at that!— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
Presenter and former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins hailed her appointing, writing: “Jodie Whittaker is a class act. End of.”
Jodie Whittaker is a class act. End of.— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) July 17, 2017
Former Doctor Sylvester McCoy wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations Jodie Whittaker!!!! One small step for women, one giant leap for womenkind!”
a message from Sylvester!— Sylvester McCoy (@4SylvesterMcCoy) July 16, 2017
"Congratulations Jodie Whittaker!!!!! One small step for Women, one Giant leap for Womenkind!!"
And former Assistant Billie Piper declared “YES”.
YES xx— Billie Piper (@billiepiper) July 16, 2017
Alex Kingston, who has played River Song, the Doctor’s wife, in the sci-fi drama, heard the news while appearing on stage at a convention.
She made joke kissing sounds and joked: “Oh my goodness! I’m always the damn cradle-snatcher!
“Oh my goodness. That’s lovely, she’s a really great actress, she’s fantastic. That’s so exciting,” she said.
Gillian Anderson, John Boyega, Riz Ahmed and David Harewood also approved of the casting, with Boyega, who starred in Attack The Block with Whittaker, writing: “So proud of Jodie Whittaker, she’s going to be awesome.”
So proud of Jodie Whittaker. She's going to be awesome !!!— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) July 16, 2017
Jodie Whittaker is an incredible actress, an amazing person, and I'm so glad she's the new #DoctorWho— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) July 16, 2017
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh joked: “Anyone publicly objecting to a female Doctor Who should just buy a t-shirt emblazoned with ‘I’m a virgin who expects never to get laid.'”
Anybody publicly objecting to a female Doctor Who should just buy a t-shirt emblazoned with: I'M A VIRGIN WHO EXPECTS NEVER TO GET LAID.— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) July 17, 2017
Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon made a sonic screwdriver joke, writing: “I’m absolutely for progress and inclusiveness but it is fair to worry when almost every episode of Doctor Who revolved around his big ol’ dick.”
I'm absolutely for progress and inclusiveness but it is fair to worry when almost every ep of Doctor Who revolved around his big ol' dick— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 16, 2017