Young men are being turned towards a life of crime because Dr Who is a woman, a Tory MP suggested today.
Nick Fletcher used a debate about International Men's Day - which was on November 19 - to bemoan a lack of positive male role models on the big screen.
And he drew a link between crimes committed by young men with a slew of previously male on-screen roles shown in a positive light being taken on or replaced by women in the lead.
Among those he cited were Dr Who, whose latest incarnation is Jodie Whittaker, the Ghostbusters - whose original all-male team was replaced by an all-female one for a 2016 reboot - and Luke Skywalker being replaced by Daisy Ridley's Rey.
He said that more positive male role models could help combat violence against women and girls, the vast majority of which is carried out by men and boys.
In a Westminster Hall debate this afternoon he said: 'Everywhere, not least within the cultural sphere, there seems to be a call from a tiny, yet very vocal minority that every male character or good role model must have a female replacement.
'One only needs to look at the