According to Deadline, the BBC has received over 100 complaints from viewers regarding the recent appearance of a transgender character in the Doctor Who special, “The Star Beast.” Yasmin Finney’s (Heartstopper) portrayal of Rose Tyler, the Doctor’s companion, drew criticism from some viewers who found the character to be “inappropriate” or “anti-male.” Despite the controversy, showrunner Russell T. Davies (Torchwood) has defended the character and announced that Rose will be returning in future episodes.
“[There are] newspapers of absolute hate, and venom, and destruction, and violence who would rather see that sort of thing wiped off the screen destroyed. Shame on you, and good luck to you in your lonely lives,” Davies stated via Deadline in a previous press event in defense of the trans character being represented on screen.
According to Deadline, Finney’s Rose is the daughter of characters Shaun and Donna Noble in the new 60th anniversary special. The first episode of the 60th-anniversary specials of Doctor Who premiered on November 25 on Disney+ and aired on BBC in the UK. The second and third episodes were titled Wild Blue Yonder and The Giggle. The fourth episode, premiering on Christmas Day, will introduce the next season’s newest doctor portrayed by Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education).
According to a previous post by mxdwn, Doctor Who has set a record for being the longest-running series for 60 years, and has won numerous awards throughout the years. Despite the controversy, Doctor Who remains a global phenomenon enjoyed by millions, celebrated for its imaginative storytelling, captivating characters, and commitment to inclusivity. The series continues to push boundaries, offering its global audience a unique blend of science fiction, adventure, and social commentary. With the new season just around the corner, Doctor Who fans can expect to be transported on a thrilling journey to unknown corners of the universe.