Published on May 6th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley
Doctor Who Under Attack
Further to our previous report, it seems that this particular issue isn’t going to go away. We think we know why…
Before 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.
â€œThe problem with Doctor Who is whether it is a childrenâ€™s programme or not,â€ she said.
â€œIt goes out at around half-past six and is marketed as family viewing, but it doesnâ€™t go out on CBBC so it is quite a grey area.
â€œThere has been hints of romance in the past, but it has never gone that far because the Doctor canâ€™t go there.â€
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:
â€œI donâ€™t think there is a great deal of mileage in the argument that Doctor Who has become over-sexualised.â€
â€œI 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.
â€œI donâ€™t think the current series is any different to that.â€
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…