Sylvester McCoy admits he wasn't ‘keen’ on a female Time Lord

Sylvester McCoy has opened up about the first female Time Lord, saying that he wasn’t initially “keen” on the idea.

Speaking exclusively to today at the London Film and Comic-Con, the 73-year-old said that it “seemed a bit odd”, however he changed his mind shortly after it was revealed Jodie Whittaker had been cast.

He explained: “It seemed a bit odd. But once it was announced, I got my head around it and then I got rather excited about it and I sent her [Jodie] a message saying, ‘Well done,’ and I said, ‘One small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind’. Because I think it’s very important.”

When asked what advice he would give to the in-coming Time Lord, Sylvester said: “Don’t read or listen to the negative stuff that will come. It comes to every Doctor.”

The actor continued: “Every new Doctor has to go through a negative cloud because a lot of the fans - not all but some - are quite conservative, they don’t like change, and because she is a woman that’s quite a dramatic change.

“So just put your head down, learn the lines and try to bump into the monsters.”

The Scottish actor played the seventh incarnation of the Time Lord between 1986 and 1989 before the show was cancelled by the BBC.

Via the Daily Express by Neela Debnath