Colin Baker de­scribes protesters as view­ers, not fans

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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 lon­grun­ning 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.

Pre­sen­ter and for­mer Great Bri­tish Bake Off host Sue Perkins hailed her ap­point­ing, writ­ing: “Jodie Whit­taker is a class act. End of.”

For­mer Doc­tor Sylvester McCoy wrote on Twit­ter: “Con­grat­u­la­tions Jodie Whit­taker !!!! One small step for women, one gi­ant leap for womenkind!”

And for­mer As­sis­tant Bil­lie Piper de­clared “YES”.

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.”

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.”’

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