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Published on May 6th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Under Attack

When is this nonsense going to end? WalesOnline have jumped on the ‘overtly sexual’ bandwagon, despite Doctor Who being produced in their own backyard.

Further to our previous report, it seems that this particular issue isn’t going to go away. We think we know why…

Doctor Who - Flesh and StoneBefore we go on, consider this: there was no nudity, no rude words, nothing more than innuendo and the whole “Amy and the Doctor on the bed” scene was far more innocent than any Carry On film you can care to mention, not to mention the content of Channel 4, Monday to Friday between 6.30pm and 7pm.

The Doctor responded in his typically alien way – complete innocence and bewilderment. Honestly, the fuss about this scene is nothing more than a storm in a teacup, and says a lot more about the people complaining than it does about Doctor Who, the writers or television in general.

Vivienne Pattison is the modern day Mary Whitehouse. MediaWatch UK is the 21st century rebranding of the National Viewers and Listeners Association.

“The problem with Doctor Who is whether it is a children’s programme or not,” she said.

“It goes out at around half-past six and is marketed as family viewing, but it doesn’t go out on CBBC so it is quite a grey area.

“There has been hints of romance in the past, but it has never gone that far because the Doctor can’t go there.”

If memory serves, in the summer of 2005 the Doctor was kissed squarely on the lips by a man, omnisexual time agent Captain Jack Harkness. There didn’t need to be any innuendo, as it was quite clear; similarly, there was little in the press about it.

You would hope that in 5 years we’ve progressed somewhat, wouldn’t you?

Meanwhile, Neil Midgley, of the Daily Telegraph is a Doctor Who fan:

“I don’t think there is a great deal of mileage in the argument that Doctor Who has become over-sexualised.”

“I think sci-fi shows and movies like Barbarella and right through to earlier than Doctor Who, have always featured long-legged lovelies to keep dads interested.

“I don’t think the current series is any different to that.”

The fact is, of course, a certain group of religio-fascists have cottoned onto the slightly darker atmosphere of the Steven Moffat era which has already given us a modern day take on the classic mid-1970s Philip Hinchcliffe era of gothic horror and a moody Doctor – something that looks set to continue in The Vampires of Venice this week – and MediaWatch-UK reckon they can get column inches out of it.

Of course, the relevance of the Hinchcliffe comparison is that Mrs Mary Whitehouse dealt the cruelest blow to Doctor Who during this era in an attack that lead to Philip Hinchcliffe losing his job as producer. During the mid-1970s, the job done now by Executive Producers Steven Moffat, Beth Willis and Piers Wenger was done by the producer (then the top man) and the script editor.

With so many news outlets covering this utter non-story, and MediaWatch UK getting the exposure they crave, I fear this is likely to be the beginning of many such attacks…

(And just who the hell is Kirsty Gillan anyway, WalesOnline? Hmmm?!)

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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+.



3 Responses to Doctor Who Under Attack

  1. avatar Starman says:

    I agree, haven’t they got anything else to think about. In a General Election week, plus the week in which possibly the worst oil disaster ever to happen on the planet, people suffering a tornado in China and being killed in riots in Greece.

    What do the hacks do, let’s have a go at Doctor Who for injecting a bit of humour for 30 seconds at the end of a great episode.

    As well as, at the very least, getting their facts right (as you pointed out) these people need to get a life!

  2. avatar bluebox444 says:

    What I’d like to know is, where was this angry mob during the Russell T. Davies era? There was plenty of stuff back then that was far worse than the last scene of “Flesh and Stone”. Overall, in my opinion, this series is shaping up to be one of the most family-friendly years of Doctor Who in quite a while. Yes, children should be supervised while watching – but that’s always been a reality with the revived series. I do agree that that scene was inappropriate for young children, but the entire episode was too much for children to be watching without parental supervision anyway. To put it in American terms, Doctor Who is a “PG” rated show. But ONLY a “PG” rated show – never PG-13.

  3. avatar Patooty says:

    Personally, it wasn’t the injection of sex (sorry if anyone objects to the use of the the word “injection” in this context) that I didn’t like about those infamous 30 seconds. It was the revelation of a side of Amy’s character that disappointed me. Just calling her a “bit crazy” doesn’t quite whitewash the fact that she is supposed to be getting married in the morning, and yet is prepared to spread her legs for somebody she basically just met. Give the Doc a sex life, by all means. If the show evolves in that direction, I’m still on board. But what the heck – *I’ll* think of the children. Can’t we at least have companions that kids will admire and maybe even want to emulate? I held out until Vampires of Venice to see what might be the conclusion to that little escapade of Amy’s, hoping it could be put down to some outside influence and not chalked up to a flaw in her character, but no such luck. Apparently, slightly trampy really does describe this new companion. And that’s a shame, I think.

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