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Doctor Who , Issue 1624

IS THERE nothing Doctor Who's Russell T Davies can do to get a rise out of the Mail?

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DOCTOR’S NOTES: The Daily Mail was rather surprisingly gushing about the new series of Doctor Who starring Ncuti Gatwa
At the press launch for the show's 60th anniversary specials last November, which featured a transgender teenage companion, an alien that corrected people on their use of gendered pronouns and a disabled scientist in a rocket-firing wheelchair, Davies launched an unprompted rant about "journalists here tonight from newspapers of absolute hate and venom and destruction and violence, who would rather see that sort of thing wiped off the screen and destroyed and shame on you and good luck to you in your lonely lives".

The Mail responded with a five-star review which noted: "There are fans who feel the series has lost its way in recent times. It stands accused of lecturing us on the social issues of the day, and – worse – just being a bit dull. This episode... was Doctor Who back to its uproarious, eccentric, action-packed best."

Tempting fate
This month saw the premiere of the first full series featuring black gay actor Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor, and in a pre-broadcast interview with the Times, Davies confessed to being "very annoyed" about the Mail's positive review and joked: "I'm sure it won't last."

So what did the Mail – which was frothing last year about "How Drag Queens became a Trojan Horse to promote militant trans ideology to children" – make of the opening double bill, which introduced young viewers to a villain played by drag queen Jinkx Monsoon?

"These are the most family-friendly adventures the Doctor has enjoyed in years," enthused critic Christopher Stevens in another five-star rave, which the Mail on Sunday printed beneath the headline: "Praise the Time Lord! At last Doctor Who ditches wokery for fun family viewing."

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