More GingerGate

Earlier this week, we reported on “GingerGate” – the bonkers notion that Doctor Who producers have an aversion to red haired people as exemplified by ill-educated whingebags on internet message boards.

This all stems to the brief scene at closing moments of The End of Time, Part Two in which the newly born Eleventh Doctor observes that his hair is “still not ginger.”

We thought the issue was put to bed – and were surprised to find that that these aforementioned Daily Mail readers have complained to the BBC!

The BBC’s response:

We would like to reassure viewers that Doctor Who doesn’t have an anti ginger agenda whatsoever. This was a reprise of the line in the Christmas Invasion episode in 2005, when David Tennant discovers that he’s not ginger, and here he is, missing out again – disappointed he’s still not ginger.

In addition, the Doctor’s previous companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and his new one Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) are both redheads.

Now: someone got paid to write that. There is an actual BBC employee whose job it is to write rebuttals to utter balderdash like this, and then someone else has to approve it!

What an utter waste of their time! While the BBC have not confirmed he number of complainants, the fact remains that some people have some sort of problem with basic english and understanding intonation.

If you know anyone who really thinks that the Doctor is glad to be “still not ginger”, give’em a slap would you?


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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