Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy admits he was 'stupid and sexist' for objecting to Jodie Whittaker's casting

DOCTOR Who star Sylvester McCoy has admitted he was 'stupid and sexist' for objecting to Jodie Whittaker's casting.

The 77-year-old actor played the Seventh Doctor in the hit BBC series from 1987 to 1989, while Jodie was revealed as the first female Doctor and the 13th Time Lord in 2017.

Speaking to Radio Times, Sylvester admitted he initially had reservations about the decision, but soon changed his mind.

He said: "I’ve seen bits of it. I watched the opening [episode] – because one has to, you know – and I was initially kind of uncertain about it.

"It was stupid sexism, really, because, after 10 minutes, she was the Doctor – it didn’t make any sense even to think that one could doubt it."

Sylvester then reached out to Jodie, 38, personally, adding: "I sent her a message. I said, ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for womankind.'”

However Sylvester does still have one criticism of the show, but it's nothing to do with Jodie.

He explained: "They use the sonic screwdriver too much. It’s a bit of a crutch.

"I never had one. The producer decided that I shouldn’t have one because he said it was too easy for the writers to get the Doctor out of trouble.

“I managed to save the universe every Saturday – and without a sonic screwdriver, [so] I’m slightly critical.

"I don’t think they should use it all the time if you can manage without, like me – and my umbrella!”

Since playing the Doctor, Sylvester has had a long career in theatre and also appeared in The Hobbit series of films as Radagast.

His next project is alongside Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams in horror film, The Owners, which is available on digital platforms from February 22.

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