PETA has asked Chris Chibnall to make the new Doctor Who vegan.
The character – who will be played by Jodie Whittaker when Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerates in this year’s Christmas special – is actually already a vegetarian, but the animal rights organisation is now requesting that the new Who showrunner make the Doctor go a step further.
“Eating dead animals simply doesn’t fit with the Doctor’s moral compass since, as Christopher Eccleston so aptly said, the show has ‘the central message of love for life in all its forms’,” read the open letter.
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“Animals, like humans, are smart and sensitive and feel pain.”
Vegetarians don’t eat meat, poultry or seafood, but can have some ‘animal products’ (e.g. milk) in their diet. PETA go on to say that cutting out the latter will make for a healthier Doctor.
“Considering all the benefits that eating vegan has for a person’s heart, it’d be doubly beneficial to the Doctor,” the letter added.
“We hope the new Doctor will join us in taking a stand for animals and inspire others to switch to a healthy, Earth-friendly, life-saving diet.”
The Doctor went officially veggie with its sixth incarnation, Colin Baker, after an encounter with an alien butcher who specialised in humans.
However, the 9th, 11th and 12th Doctors have all been seen eating meat or meat-based products, so maybe his next regenerations simply forgot about that unfortunate encounter.
Doctor Who returns December 25 on BBC One.
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