Thursday, 21 September 2017
Following the announcement, there was a lot of praise for the decision, with a number of famous faces coming out in support of the refreshing and progressive change.
The decision did prompt some criticism, however, from certain sections of the fanbase, but according to former showrunner Russell T Davies, the naysayers were few and far between.
Speaking to Frank Skinner on his special Absolute Radio podcast, Davies said: "I am on a book tour for this Doctor Who book, so last night there were 200 fans with no doubt [Whittaker will be brilliant].
"I am really tired of the objections. It's outrageous to me, you meet these fans and they are very, very happy that this is happening.
"Maybe 10 people online with different aliases are spouting saying you've ruining the programme and it's all that gets reported."
Elsewhere in the interview, Davies was asked how he felt about some of his narrative choices being retroactively changed by Steven Moffat during his time as showrunner, specifically relating to Gallifrey's salvation in 'The Day of the Doctor'.
"When you leave Doctor Who, you have to take a deep breath and think it's all up for grabs now, it's all there to be rewritten," he mused.
"It was interesting. I love that episode. It wasn't so much the Time Lords disappearing, it was all the Daleks shooting themselves.
"It was like, couldn't any of them [have] missed?"
Via Digital Spy by Louise McCreesh