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It’s a Spaceship, Dear

You may not have heard, but Voyage of the Damned received another unusual criticism before broadcast, this time from an over-sensitive survivor of Titanic.

When I say “survivor” I don’t mean some deranged Leonardo DiCaprio fan. Oh no. I mean a survivor of the vessel that hit an iceberg in 1912.

Millvina Dean, 95, has claimed that the show’s producers have displayed insensitivity by featuring the Titanic in the festive episode.

“The Titanic was a tragedy which tore so many families apart,” Millvina is quoted by the Daily Record as saying. “I lost my father and he lies on that wreck. I think it is disrespectful to make entertainment of such a tragedy.”

I wonder how Millvina Dean felt about the Steven Spielberg movie, which was set on the boat, as opposed Doctor Who’s seasonal episode which – as far as I recall – was set on a spaceship called Titanic.

In fact the only person I can think of with any grievance here would be the late Douglas Adams…

A spokeswoman for the show insisted: “No offence was intended. Voyage Of The Damned is set on a space ship called The Titanic and not a boat.”

Well, let me tell you something! This is exactly how Nazi Germany started! A lot of layabouts with nothing better to do than to cause trouble!

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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