Doctor Who: BBC Issues Statement on Time Lord's Cold Response to Mental Health Fears

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There are a lot of things that are inexplicable in Doctor Who yet there is one shocking scene that left Whovians at a loss for words. In the episode Can You Hear Me, the Time Lord appeared to be completely cold to Graham's crippling mental health fears. The reaction to the Doctor's awkwardness has been so overwhelming that BBC decided to issue an official statement about it.

In Can You Hear Me, the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions were forced to face their worst mental traumas. However, it was Graham who was affected greatly by the experience. Strangely, Jodie Whittaker's character appeared awkward when dealing with the situation. The scene has since been discussed so much by Whovians that BBC stepped up with a statement.

The statement reads as follows:

"The intention of the scene was to acknowledge how hard it can be to deal with conversations on this subject matter...When faced with these situations, people don't always have the right words to say at the right time, and this can often lead to feelings of guilt. By showing the Doctor struggling to find the right words, the intention was to sympathise with all those who may have found themselves in a similar position."

It's a strange way to deal with the situation and fans have since called BBC out for refusing to issue an apology for the scene. Personally, it sounds more like something that the series itself should address. For now, Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall have yet to comment on the backlash.

Doctor Who Season 12 airs on BBC every Sunday nights.

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