TV Critic Ben House looks at the funny yet surprisingly realistic comedy This Country as it returns to BBC iPlayerWritten by Redbrick on 1st January 2018
Peter Davison: The Female Doctor Controversy
Redbrick TV's Lucy McCann got the chance to catch up with Peter Davison and asked the Fifth Doctor about Jodie Whittaker's controversial casting
When it comes to interviewing celebrities, there is often an “elephant in the room” that you, as the interviewer, do not mention. So when it came to interviewing Peter Davison, us at Redbrick, knew that the 'Female Doctor' controversy was a risk. But we did it anyway.
From the outset, a female Doctor may just be ‘ticking a box’ as Davison suggests, or solution to the global outrage at the BBC’s gender pay gap. Despite this, is having a female Doctor going to stop the show from being a global sensation?
“The strength of Davison's opinion was startling, if not slightly time-warped
It also makes complete sense. Approximately half of the global population is female (give or take), so nature dictates that must have been at least one female Doctor, out of all 13 regenerations. Granted, we are talking about a TV series, and the laws of nature have no place on a TV set.
“I can agree with Davison that the BBC can’t turn back from this
Jodie Whittaker has recently said that the Doctor’s new ‘body happens to be female.’ She manages to reduce such a massive controversy to a simple change in anatomy. That’s all it is, at the end of the day.