Former Doctor Who star Peter Davison is stuck in a weird, weird world where role models are gendered and the idea of a woman playing the Doctor is sad.
Unfortunately, you read that right.
After news broke that Jodie Whittaker would take on the role as the 13th Doctor—making her the first woman to do so—Davison took the time before a Comic-Con panel to share his thoughts, which sparked outrage from many on Twitter.
“If I feel any doubts, it’s the loss of a role model for boys who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for,” Davison reportedly told the Press Association, The Guardian reports, despite previously praising Whittaker’s acting chops and urging folks to watch this season “with an open mind.”
“So I feel a bit sad about that, but I understand the argument that you need to open it up,” he continued. “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?”
Fortunately, Davison was called out by his successor, Colin Baker.
“They’ve had 50 years of having a role model. So sorry Peter, you’re talking rubbish there – absolute rubbish,” the former Doctor said according to The Guardian. “Well you don’t have to be of a gender of someone to be a role model. Can’t you be a role model as people?”
Baker is not the only one who spoke up. Many tweeted their frustrations about Davison’s comment.
Never seen Dr Who but JEEZ, I think boys have enough role models in this male-dominated world. Give the girls a role model.
— Anne Fousse (@TheWorldClass1) July 23, 2017
Jodie Whittaker is a brilliant actress and will be a fab Dr Who. Good luck to her. Never mind the clap-trap.
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis6) July 18, 2017
Davison has yet to respond to the backlash of his comments.