Peter Davison challenges the decision to make the Time Lord a woman but Colin Baker disagrees

Former Doctor Who Peter Davison has slammed the decision to make the Time Lord a woman, calling it 'sad' and a 'loss of a role model for boys'.

Speaking before an appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, the British actor said Jodie Whittaker was a 'terrific actress' but expressed concerns about the lead role going to a female.

The 66-year-old said: 'If I feel any doubts, it's the loss of a role model for boys who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for.'

He said: 'So  I feel a bit sad about that, but I understand the argument that you need to open it up.'

Davison said he liked the idea of the Doctor 'as a boy' but added, 'maybe I'm an old-fashioned dinosaur, who knows?'.

Via The Daily Mail by Katie French

The sixth Time Lord Colin Baker bluntly disagreed with Davison.

“They’ve had 50 years of having a role model. So sorry Peter, you’re talking rubbish there – absolute rubbish,” he said.

“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 also said that he hopes to see a non-white Doctor in the future and that the series should look to America where he feels casting is less dependant on colour.

“They see a future world where that is irrelevant and it’s perhaps time Doctor Who and its fans did too,” he added.