Peter came under fire last week, when he remarked during an interview that he was concerned for the show’s young male fans, suggesting they might struggle to identify with a female lead.
After taking some heat for his comments - which came after he did take time to praise Jodie as an actress - he took to Twitter on Monday (24 July) to clarify what he actually meant.
He wrote: “For the record I didn’t say I had doubts about Jodie. I said, ‘she’s a terrific actress and will do a wonderful job and we need to open it up’.
“I also urged uncertain fans to be supportive about change. [The remark about a female role model] was a caveat about role models in an otherwise positive answer.”
Peter then added that the controversy had made him want to take himself away from social media, adding: “All this toxicity about a sci-fi show has been sobering, so I’m calling it a day. [Twitter] used to be fun. Now it’s not. Must Dash.”
Earlier this week, departing showrunner Steven Moffat hit back at claims there’d been a fan backlash against Jodie, claiming: “In fact, it strikes me that ‘Doctor Who’ fans are more excited about the idea of a brilliant actress playing the part than the fact she’s a woman.
“I wish every single journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.”