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Doctor Who's Fifth Doctor Peter Davison Enrages Women's Rights Groups With Gender Comments

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11/04/2013 6:04 pm
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Doctor Who's Fifth Doctor Peter Davison Enrages Women's Rights Groups With Gender Comments
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Sunil Gangarh

Staff Writer

Equality groups for women were enraged following questionable comments from Doctor Who legend, Peter Davison, when he spoke about his thoughts on the possibility of a female doctor. The Sunday People quotes Davison as simply saying, “Doctor Who must always be a man.” The fifth Doctor (who worked from 1981 to 1984) said, “If you suddenly make the Doctor a woman, you’ve effectively just said, ‘Well, let’s give you a sex change,’ and I don’t think that works.” “To me it would be a rather odd thing, to have a female Time Lord would be like having a female James Bond.” It was just weeks after rumours spread that the makers of the cult show (which celebrated its 50th anniversary) were planning on introducing a female doctor that the controversial statements were made. Quicker to speak out, equality groups for women blasted Davison’s comments and deemed them “old fashioned.” Chief executive of Women in Film and TV, Kate Kinninmont, gave the witty remark, “Peter Davison was a brilliant Doctor Who, but I think his time travel gearstick has got horribly stuck in reverse.” Feminist commentator Claire Askew added, “His comments are quite silly, so what if Doctor Who had a sex change? It happens in this day and age. It would be ground-breaking and an interesting way to transform the Doctor from a man into a woman.” The hit show often creates a big story in the media when a new Doctor comes along, so would it be appropriate to challenge the show’s devoted fans to such a change? It would be interesting to see how it would be pulled off and how it would be received! Fourth Doctor Tom Baker agrees after he said, “It would be quite nice to have a woman.” Most recent Doctors Matt Smith and David Tennant both star in the 50th anniversary special, which will be screened in cinemas worldwide on November 23, alongside Billie Piper, Jenna-Louise Coleman and John Hurt. You can check out the trailer for the 50th Anniversary Special below. [youtube=]


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