Why ‘Doctor Who’ Doesn’t Deserve the Fan Backlash

Doctor Who is a very popular show, with a passionate fan base. Though that passion is usually for the show, sometimes with some fans it can turn against the show. And in this case, there has been a lot of backlash against the Thirteenth Doctor and the eleventh season of the show.

Why is there this backlash? And why doesn’t the show deserve it? Find out, ahead.

Why the backlash?

Doctor Who cast (Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh) at the premiere
Doctor Who cast (Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Jodie Whittaker, and Bradley Walsh) at the premiere | Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Most of the backlash comes from fans who believe the show is too “politically correct” now. That may seem surprising to some fans, as Doctor Who has always discussed political issues in some form. Yet it is a complaint that fans of the show often see from more critical fans.

In a way, it’s understandable. No one likes to be told what to do or how to think. Yet that may not be what those behind Doctor Who are trying to do. And that’s one reason why they don’t deserve the backlash.

Why do the cast and crew of ‘Doctor Who’ not deserve the backlash?

No one can please everyone. And the cast and crew of Doctor Who know that. Yet such intense backlash is most likely hard to take.

According to Jodie Whittaker herself, the storylines in the show are “always topical” and meant to reflect the present as much as they reflect the past. Something like that is important in a show where the main character travels in time and space. The show should be “topical” and stay current with what’s going on in the world while also honoring the past and hoping for a good future.

Why does the show itself not deserve the backlash?

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Besides the fact that no show can please everyone, why does the show not deserve such backlash? Well, because it’s doing good things too. According to one of the actors who guest-starred in season 11, ” [the cast and crew] wanted to change things up and they wanted to open it up to a whole new audience as well.” The show opening up to new audiences is a good thing.

That can only increase the ratings in the long run and make more people able to appreciate the show. The actor, Hamza Jeetooa, goes on to say that “there has been so much gained…for the better.”Many fans would agree with the actor’s sentiment. After all, part of the appeal of Doctor Who is that it’s inclusive rather than exclusive.

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It’s also worth noting that the complaint of “too politically correct” can seem strange to some. In fact, Mandip Gill, who plays Yasmin Khan on the show, said that “it makes [her] laugh because having the words ‘too’ and ‘correct’ in the same sentence is really bizarre to [her].” The actress also wonders how you can ” be too correct about something.”

Some fans likely share Gill’s feelings on this complaint, finding it a bit strange. Tosin Cole, who plays Ryan Sinclair on the show, in the same interview, had something else to say on these complaints. According to the actor, “the fact that we can give everyone a little friendly, entertaining reminder of these issues is great.” Some fans likely agree with Cole on this, thinking that the show is doing good by spreading awareness of important topics.

Whether you like the show or dislike it, it’s definitely starting conversations. So jump right in and express your point of view. It’ll be great!