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The Daily Mail is outraged that the new Doctor Who will be female. Male heroes, it screams, are "disappearing from the box". Its TV critic complains that, "in almost every new British drama, men are relegated to sidekick status or else cast as moral weaklings". Doctor Who has been ruined by lesbianism and "transgender politics". BBC executives are "wrecking their own Saturday night mainstay to demonstrate how right-on they are".

I worry about the Mail. Since Theresa May's disastrous election performance — the Mail backed her more emphatically than it backed even Margaret Thatcher — it has become increasingly deranged. A few weeks ago, it blamed her failure to woo voters on the influence of "headmasters". Paul Dacre, the editor, celebrates 25 years in the chair this year. Is it time for the proprietor, Lord Rothermere, to suggest that Dacre retires to his 17,000-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands where there is excellent shooting and deerstalking to be had?

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  • APA 6th ed.: Wilby, Peter (2017-07-21). Mail pattern weirdness. New Statesman p. 7.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Wilby, Peter. "Mail pattern weirdness." New Statesman [add city] 2017-07-21, 7. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Wilby, Peter. "Mail pattern weirdness." New Statesman, edition, sec., 2017-07-21
  • Turabian: Wilby, Peter. "Mail pattern weirdness." New Statesman, 2017-07-21, section, 7 edition.
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