Doctor Who‘s showrunners can cross one Who veteran off the company Christmas card list: Waris Hussein, the show’s first director, has criticized the show for being too sexy.
No, not sexy in this way. And not sexy in an I-want-to-run-my-fingers-through-David-Tennant‘s-hair way, either.
Says Hussein, who directed the very first episodes back in 1963:
“There is an element now, and I know we’re living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in. The intriguing thing about the original person was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him. Now we’ve just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion, she actually snogged him.”
He also opined that the Doctor, like Sherlock Holmes, should remain “unavailable” and asked: “Why bring in this element when in fact you needn’t have it there?”
Nobody tell Waris Hussein what JohnLock is, please.
In agreement with Hussein was First Doctor-era companion Peter Purves (Steven Taylor), who said “The original series was so simple. They were very straightforward, nice linear stories that one could follow.”
I agree, to an extent, with what Hussein is saying here, though not with Purves. A show doesn’t last for 50 years if it sticks with simple, straightforward, linear stories. The show has to change, and so does the Doctor: He can’t be entirely unknowable forever.
That said, I’ve never been a fan of the Doctor as a sexual being. He’s a thousand-year-old alien who has adventures across time and space and saves and destroys entire planets and civilizations. Any romances they try to give him just seem out of place to me in how small they are. But that’s just my personal feelings on the matter, and I respect those who feel otherwise 100%.
What do you think? Do you like the “sexiness”? Like it in theory but not how it’s being handled? Don’t like it at all? It’s a slow news day, and I’m semi-bored. Let’s discuss the Doctor’s sex life in the comments.