As improbable as a romance would have been between the First Doctor and his companions, the Doctor and his reaction to the sexuality of his companions has become a staple of the revived series.
But those involved in the black and white, cathode ray days believe that something of the Doctor’s other-worldliness is lost when he becomes open to suggestion.
Speaking on Radio 4’s The Reunion – where host Sue MacGregor expertly guides those involved in great historical moments to share the intimate secrets behind the key dates – An Unearthly Child/100,000 BC director Waris Hussein commented:
“There is an element now – and I know we’re living in a different era – of sexuality that has crept in…“We’ve just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion – she actually snogged him.”
Hussein went on to say that the revived Doctor Who had removed some of the mystery surrounding the alien being at the centre of the show:
“The intriguing thing about the original [Doctor] was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him…Why bring in this [sexual] element when in fact you needn’t have it there?”
Other guest on the show, Peter Purves, who played companion Steven Taylor, ‘totally’ agreed with Hussein, adding that the show had become too complicated:
“The original series was so simple. They were very straightforward, nice linear stories that one could follow.”
Joining the pair was Carole Ann Ford (the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan) who spoke wistfully about how they will be depicted in the upcoming docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. There was also time for a reminder of William Hartnell’s difficulty remembering lines (including a snippet of audio) and for the guests to share some their thoughts on their careers up to and beyond their time with the Doctor.
The Reunion is available on BBC iPlayer now.
(via Radio Times)