PETA Urges Chris Chibnall to Make The Doctor a Vegan

No more fish fingers and custard, no more ‘bad bacon’, and no more jelly babies (to quote The Simpsons ‘they’re made of hooves you know’) animal rights organisation PETA, have called upon the Doctor to stop his rampant carnivorous ways and asked Chris Chibnall to make Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor a vegan.

In an open letter to the new showrunner from PETA director Elisa Allen, the organisation said:

“We at PETA – like so many devoted Doctor Who fans worldwide – are excited to see Jodie Whittaker step into the Doctor’s shoes but before she begins to navigate her way through space and time, we have a request we hope you’ll consider: make the character vegan.”

The full letter goes on to outline PETA’s reasons for making the Doctor a Vegan, suggesting that by eating meat the Doctor contradicts the shows central message of “love for life in all its forms”.

Allen adds:

“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.

“Not only is switching to a vegan diet infinitely kinder to animals, it’s also one of the best ways to protect planet Earth, as animal agriculture is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

“Considering all the benefits that eating vegan has for a person’s heart, it’d be doubly beneficial for the Doctor!

“Vegan foods really have come a long way since the nut cutlets of the Sixth Doctor’s time – there are tasty options readily available to suit every appetite (even if that’s for faux-fish fingers dunked in soya custard),” the open letter concludes.

“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.”

It’s easy to ‘scoff’ at this – sure, quote Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor but I’m pretty sure he’s quite attached to his leather jacket, and speaking of which, why weren’t PETA lobbying the Doctor then? Just because the show has embraced change doesn’t mean, ‘while you’re at it, can you add our cause too?’ it undermines both positions – It’s interesting to think of how a character that interacts with literally all forms of life handles the delicate issue of a potential culinary faux pa? It seems like a potential minefield of choices. Maybe Jelly Babies were an accepted inter-galactic greeting? What if alien races are expecting them and the Doctor switches to their non-gelatin alternative? Will the humble Jelly Baby cause an intergalactic war?!?

It doesn’t seem likely but it does say something about choices in fiction; they aren’t made in a vacuum. There has to be a compelling, driving narrative impetus to make that change that will hopefully make for a smashing television show; just like the nonsense example above. While in real life, when someone decides to become a vegan, that choice has to be respected because you have to assume that while they patiently explain for the 98th time, that yes, they are vegan and no, they don’t want to go to the Handmade burger Co for lunch, there’s a compelling reason for them to make that change. Does it make for smashing television? I’m not so sure…

Although, speaking as a Vegetarian, I can’t wait for the pulse-pounding scene where the Doctor sighs her way through the disappointing options on a vegetarian menu before settling on the ‘veggie burger’ for the 89th time.

Either way, the decision rests with Chris Chibnall.

  • DonnaM

    Can’t a television programme just be a bit of harmless entertainment any more? Why does every flipping pressure group for every flipping cause have to use the Doctor Who name for its shrill banner waving? Look at me! I’m worthy!

    Those who choose to live a vegan lifestyle – I admire your principles and I wish you well. But please, allow me, my dog and every other life form on the planet the right to make our own choices. She’s a full-on carnivore by way – I hope that’s not offensive (ps- sarcasm is a terrible habit I do try unsuccessfully to get out of)

    The Doctor has made his views on meat eating pretty clear. Deep Breath’ slaughterhouse restaurant. The bacon sandwich with a mummy and a daddy. If I had to guess I would have him down as a vegetarian.

    His choice. He doesn’t berate Clara or Bill for making different dietary decisions. Let him remain liberal in its truest sense when he becomes she please!

  • The Lazy Womble

    “You don’t know what a vegan is, do you, Vince?”
    “Of course I do, I never miss an episode of Star Trek” (Just Good Friends)

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    Oh jeez, seriously? Is this going to be the next thing now? I’m off for a bacon cheeseburger!

  • The Lazy Womble

    Fish, if you are going to subscribe to this, you and I are going to have a serious falling out.

  • daft

    Well, it would give some context as to why No.5 waltzed around with a celery stick on his lapel. 😉

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      And why Tom Baker wanted a talking cabbage as a companion. Veg Lives Matter!

      • daft

        LOL! Didn’t he inherit one from Davison 😀

  • reTARDISed

    Come one, come all! Why not have a “Good Cause of the Week” for series 11? Virtue-signallers of every persuasion could wait with baited breath to see if their favoured cause came up as that week’s topic. It could do wonders for ratings… Of course, any contradictions of different virtues across the series should be seen as entirely unintended and completely unavoidable! To start, I’m sure the PETA episode could cover how and why you should euthanize animals held in Shelters.

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      Sadly, after the novelty casting of Whittaker wears off maybe all that will be left to keep up the ratings is to do exactly what you say. This week PETA. Next week who knows – maybe Tampax? (Waiting to see if I get sh*t for a joke now)?

  • The Lazy Womble

    Why am I thinking of Gerald Taylor in Monster of Peladon?