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Doctor Who‘s First Director Doesn’t Like the Doctor Snogging People, Thinks the Show’s Gotten Too Darn Sexy

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.

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  • John Robey

    Preach it! Ever since Doctor Eight this has been a problem. :P

  • Bonnie Scott

    I only want to think about the Doctor’s sex life as it lives in my fantasy world, thanks very much. That is to say, where his sex life is only with me and he looks like Matt Smith :)

  • Craig Michael Ranapia

    If they didn’t like the idea of The Doctor being a “sexual being,” perhaps they shouldn’t have insisted on turning Susan into the Doctor’s grand daughter in a totally bizarre fit of puritanism.

  • systemamoebae

    I’m with Waris, I don’t like it either. It feels forced and fake. They even had to get a snog in with Donna, but at least she wasn’t pining for him and being the typical sassy, flirtatious companion we’ve come to know since. That’s why Donna remains my favourite of the reboot companions. One of the reasons, at least.

  • Molly Muldoon

    I’m currently watching (and blogging) all of Doctor Who from the beginning (I’d never seen it before) and I really have trouble seeing the Doctor as a sexual being. Maybe it’s because I’m only on the Third Doctor but I see him more as a father figure than anything. I know I’ll get to all the sexy stuff eventually but I don’t really get it. Maybe it’ll make sense as it goes along?

  • Kaesa

    On the one hand, I am all for more stories that don’t revolve around romance, because romance plots are not especially fascinating to me and are often done poorly. My favorite New Who companion is Donna, partly because she isn’t interested in the Doctor as anything but a friend.

    On the other hand, it’s really hard for me to watch the Third Doctor and the Master and not think they used to have a thing. And City of Death was four episodes of Four and Romana being adorable at each other.

    Maybe I just like subtextual romance better than the textual romance we are being given?

  • Fortyseven

    While I appreciate the sentiment of him being a mysterious character, considering he has established grandkids, it’s probably been a bit unrealistic to consider him someone who’s beyond the capacity to love someone. :P

    That aside, Donna’s character was a refreshing change from the overused “companion pines over The Doctor”.

    It’s REALISTIC for people to fall in love with him; let’s be honest: he’s a mysterious, friendly, good looking, kind-hearted adventurer…

    But from a storytelling point of view, it’s getting tired. It’s been done. Rose got a free ride on that one. The rest don’t. :P

  • Wendy Whipple

    Hmm. Well I guess I’ll be one of the few voices “for” then. Yes, he’s ancient. Yes, he’s an alien. But being regenerated into a younger body is bound to come with certain urges. Plus being asexual for that long has to be rather depressing. If the sexual aspects of the Doctor were tied to a younger-looking form, would that be a more acceptable way of perceiving him?

  • Anonymous

    I definitely agree it’s getting tired. I liked it with Rose, but I think I hated Martha so much mostly because it had JUST been done. So Donna was refreshing, and Amy would have been perfect in that sense if she hadn’t kissed him, which seemed super unnecessary to me. I have to say though, I can’t see Nine or Ten being such a happy third wheel as Eleven was.

    I’d also rather they clear up the feelings on the River-front (ha!) before they have anyone else get all up on him.

    Also, I will never not be okay with Ten/ du Pompadour.

  • Crystal Lynn

    The Doctor’s romances should follow Japanese samurai story tradition, especially as it is used now: feelings are allowed to exist, but the relationship cannot occur because it will interfere with each character’s role in the heroic journey. For example, consider Jin from Samurai Champloo and his relationships over the course of the series. At one point he became involved with a woman whose husband had to rent her out to cover debts. Jin and the woman clearly had feelings, but at the end of the episode, they parted ways, because Jin still had a bigger quest to fulfill in helping out Fuu find her father.

    Likewise, the Doctor should be allowed romantic feelings, but because of his role as the Hero in his story, and the fact that he’s lived over 1000 years, those relationships will never last long in the grand scheme of things.

  • Debbie Lindsay

    Wow, way to put down an entire group of people with a genuine sexuality. Asexuality is not depressing.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    “Plus being asexual for that long has to be rather depressing.”

    I’m sorry, but I have to say… no. Asexuality is a sexual orientation. It’s not inherently “depressing.” I realize it was probably just an odd word choice (maybe you meant celibate?) , but just in case, wanted to chime in.

  • Kaesa

    I basically spent all of the Second Doctor’s run wishing he was my weird old uncle or something. When I tell people he’s my favorite, they react in horror, and I always have to explain that I don’t have a fangirl crush on him, which gets kind of old. (I have a fangirl crush on the Third Doctor, though, which grosses them out all over again. It’s fun.)

  • Starman

    It’s worth noting that the Doctor was portrayed as a romantic being (though not a sexual one) as early as the sixth storyline – The Aztecs. There, The Doctor did not seem unpleased about accidentally becoming engaged to a striking woman. Indeed, Hartnell gets a nice bit of unspoke acting as The Doctor (who just got done giving a lecture about how time travelers should take only memories and leave only footprints) hesitates for a bit before pocketing a brooch that was a gift from his accidental fiancee.

  • Starman

    As he said in The Doctor Dances, “Nine hundred years old, me. I’ve been around a bit. I think you can assume at some point I’ve ‘danced’.’

  • Kaesa

    He drank some cocoa and got engaged! I should rewatch that; I didn’t remember him keeping the brooch, but I definitely remember that Camica and the Doctor were hilarious and sweet.

  • Anonymous

    Ten/du Pompadour was a gift.

  • Fortyseven

    You know, I’d forgotten about that — and that was one of my favorite episodes ever. Such a great story… I wonder if the guys in the article have seen it? :P

  • Anonymous

    Considering it was the kickstarter for the Doctor’s new habit of snogging love interests he met as little girls, I would disagree with you there.

  • Rachel Campbell

    I don’t think that every companion needs to be in love with the Doctor, but I’m not opposed to romantic storylines popping up. Though he is over a thousand years old, in other ways he’s quite young–just as regenerating “feels like dying,” it also gives him something of an opportunity at a new life. I don’t think that new romance is something impossible with that in mind.

    I didn’t like Amy pining over the Doctor, it felt forced (I didn’t like Amy very much though, TBH). I wasn’t a fan of the “rebound” dynamic with Martha. I loved the entirely platonic friendship between the Doctor and Donna. That said, I loved the romance with Rose, River doesn’t make my skin crawl like she does other whovians, and if Clara’s story took a romantic turn, I wouldn’t be opposed at all as long as it was handled properly. I guess I’m really middle-of-the-road on this o.o it all depends on how well it’s written.

  • Trin Rummy

    I’m just afraid that The Doctor is basically becoming like Bond – every woman gets killed or misplaced by some ridiculous coincidence, and then he’s given a younger model. I want to see companions, not disposable girlfriends.

  • Elwyne

    I think this is a very interesting question.

    Television in general is sexier than it was fifty years ago. There’s no denying that Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is a different animal than any previous actor’s version. The same is true of the more recent Doctors – as early as McGann, I understand, though I haven’t seen the movie. I’m not sure the avuncular Doctor of the sixties and seventies would even play to modern audiences. RTD set out to deliberately create a sexier show than the one he grew up with. I don’t have a problem with this, generally, but I didn’t grow up with the show so I don’t have a background context for it. I do have a background for Sherlock Holmes, though, so I think I can understand classic fans’ feelings a bit.

    Personally I don’t like romance; as Kaesa said, there are other stories out there, and romance is done to death on other shows. I do think Rose’s story was handled better than most TV romance, and I also think from a certain POV it was necessary: Rose, the audience surrogate, HAD to fall in love with this new Doctor, as the creators needed the audience to fall in love with him for the show to succeed. Same with the regeneration – the show needed the audience to fall in love again, and so with Rose. That storyline serves its purpose.

    By the time Martha came along, that story was done and the show needed to move on. It didn’t, and like Fortyseven said, it’s getting tired.

    Again, like Fortyseven said, there’s no reason to think the Doctor couldn’t or wouldn’t love someone. But we forget he isn’t human. Why should a Time Lord suffer the drives of a human male, when he lives ten times as long or longer? No race with that kind of lifespan is going to evolve that kind of sex drive. (Vulcans, anyone? And they only live twice as long as humans.) While a human being could hardly travel in close proximity with a beautiful young person without developing some feelings, there’s no reason to think the same is true of a Time Lord. There is no reason for the Doctor to behave like a man when he isn’t a man at all, young body or no.

    Again, I can personally buy his feelings for Rose, given the space he was in at the time story-wise. But now that’s been done, let’s move on to something else.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Well said!

    Nothing to add here, I just really liked this comment.

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, he met her once very briefly when she was a girl and then came back and she was Sophia Myles…

    The only woman he made friends with when she was a kid and then snogged later was Amy, and he wasn’t into that.

  • Being Geek Chic

    I agree with you wholeheartedly, but when I think about the motivations of two people completely and totally trusting each other and spending every moment together, you do wonder what pulls them together. Initially, it’s got to be some kind of attraction. Maybe it’s not always a romantic attraction, maybe it’s the excitement, but you have to accept that if it was some unattractive, rather un-charming person, you wouldn’t get in the box. You’d run.

    And just as the portrayal of sex and love and relationships have changed in our media, so too has the very nature of trusting strangers. We don’t do it anymore. As a people, as a culture, as a media. I think our modern times changed our perceptions about trust and relationships and love so that we have arrived a new kind of expectation. Perhaps you need that initial hint of romance to get through the Tardis door, so to speak.

  • Anonymous

    This, but Eccleston.

  • Saronai Aldarion

    I don’t think it has to all come down to sex, it’s not necessary. I only just started the series though. I’ve seen a hand full of old ones, including the episode where he got accidentally engaged, some Amy Pond episodes, some Rose episodes, and the new episodes.

    I don’t at all think the new stuff I’ve seen is “Too sexy.” However, having said that, I don’t want it going beyond an occasional romantic kiss. I don’t watch Doctor Who with my son to encounter awkward surprise “going at it” scenes. That stuff can be mentioned offscreen (like alluding to the fact it’s happened before by mentioning grandkids). I’d probably stop watching if they decided to feature frequent soft porn scenes like I find in some of my other favourite shows. Not that I don’t like the doctor as much, mind you, just that I’m not much of a voyeur and seeing any Doctor Who cast at it like that dials up the awkwardness, even without my 12-year-old nearby.

    That being said, I love the allusion toward romance with the new companion. I don’t see why he shouldn’t be fascinated with her. It’s probably not the first time he’s encountered someone he finds as mysterious as most companions find him. It makes sense and doesn’t feel forced to me yet. HOWEVER, I’ve not seen these romantic episodes with Amy Pond I’m reading about in some comments. I love Amy Pond but my reaction to a kissing scene between her and the doctor is an ew, god no, what are you doing mental shove. I don’t even think they have that kind of chemistry in the first place, let alone factoring in the original father-daughter connection they shared.

    So…no, not too sexy, but please don’t amp it up either. Just fine where it is.

  • Anonymous

    I think Rose as audience surrogate is an important thing to note – and I actually think they mixed it up a bit with the following companions. Martha had a thing for him, he oblivious – Donna and the Doctor traveled BFF style.

    I think they mucked up Amy a bit because they didn’t give us buy in to Amy/Rory the love story right away. I still have trouble believing that Amy was that into Rory because of our introduction to her relationship with him. And later she’s all, I love Rory! And … okay? I guess? And then he waits 2000 years and you’re like, oh shit dude, seriously?

  • Anonymous

    She’s certainly more interesting than Rose. As committed as I was to that relationship the first time I watched those series, the second time through, I was all, “Why? What does he see in her? They have nothing in common.” I’m bothered by the tension, because where is River in all this. Let’s wrap that up before we move on, please!
    I did love Donna (for many reasons, but one was) not falling for Tennant. The romance is fine, but I’d prefer they kept it sparse. His attachments ought to be few and far between, otherwise they lose their potency (and, I must admit, I lose some respect for him – is that awful?)

  • Emily Johnston

    So maybe romance in general is Okay, but I’m just sick of New Who having primarily one attractive female companion who is usually romantically interested in the Doctor (but not always, yay Donna! But seriously, that’s 4/5), and is usually white (Yay Martha! But also 4/5).
    I want more diversity of companions and relationships! I want humans (who aren’t necessarily all British), aliens, males, females, trans* people, androgenes, etc. from the past, present, future, alternate universes, and parallel dimensions! I want straight, gay, bisexual, and asexual companions, who aren’t necessarily all humanoid! I want close friendships, awkward sexual tension, cold friendships, people who just put up with each other, and maybe some romantic entanglements, too (but only if done well, please)! And what I really, really want is for there to be whole groups of companions on the TARDIS who have different personalities and strengths and weaknesses. That’s what I really love about Old Who. And all I’ve been getting from Moffat is different permutations of the same old template of What-Moffat-Thinks-Women-Are-Like-Or-Should-Be-Like with very similar relationships to the Doctor. And I’m sick of it.

  • Incredibly Awesome

    I suppose since he looks human (or they look Time Lord) it makes sense to spice things up with romance, but I really enjoy platonic male/female relationships on television so I’d like to keep romance to the minimum. I loved Donna and 10 so much and disliked Martha/10 for the same reasons. Rose and 10 <3 but falling in love with the Doctor is meh to me. I really don't want to go to this with Clara – I want her to be a mystery that he's intrigued by.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, c’mon, Doc and Romana could’ve totally had a thing.

    That said, I actually Doc having a vaguely romantic relationship with Rose not just because she was first, but because he had just lost everything. His family, his home, his entire *race* were gone. And then he stumbles into this family, so gloriously dysfunctional and somehow absolutely average, who nonetheless took him in.

    The Tyler household *became* his new home while he was healing, in a way.

    It was never going to work out indefinitely with Rose for so, so many reasons, but I can absolutely see Doc being a more vulnerable for a while in the wake of Gallifrey’s destruction. Without the Time War and attendant losses, the Doc/Rose relationship seems sloppy to me… but with that taken into account? Yeah, I never had a problem with it.

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  • Incredibly Awesome

    Let’s just assume the better – most people still don’t know asexuality is a thing – they are still thinking about frogs.

  • Abel Undercity

    I actually thought at the time that the Doctor and Romana did have a thing, and I don’t mean their real-life marriage.

    I just always figured that the Earthlings, while nice enough to be around, just didn’t give off the right cues that a Time Lord (or Lady) would pick up on.

  • Anonymous

    There was that weird episode where they’re sightseeing around Paris. I mean guys, I know you’re trying to milk that production budget, but get a room…

  • Anonymous

    Nothing wrong with sexiness per se in the show, but… the way it’s played is so very creepy. When he’s watching over a young woman from childhood, I’m not rooting for them to hook up. The age difference is hundreds of years and she was six a few minutes ago. Back off, The Doctor.

  • Mina

    You want…Star Trek? :)

  • Travis Fischer

    That’s pretty much my take too. Besides, the Doctor hasn’t really been as involved with his companions as it seems. With Rose it was only lightly touched on until right at the end. With Martha and Amy it was purely a one-way attraction. With Donna there was nothing. River Song was his wife… so… that happened.

    And now we have Clara, and it seems The Doctor is more concerned about figuring out exactly how she even exists than any romantic entanglement.

  • CafeEileen

    Leave the sex to Torchwood, that is what that show is for. I’m totally fine with the occasional kiss. That being said, I prefer it if it comes from the companion and as a total surprise to the Doctor. I mean, he is totally desirable! Who wouldn’t want to make out with the most fascinating of individuals who has constant surprises up his sleeve. When the feeling becomes mutual and Doctor Who becomes 90210, then yeah, we have a problem. BTW: what’s the zip code for Gallifrey?

  • Emily Johnston

    Hahaha, I suppose so. I *have* been watching a lot of Star Trek lately (and it’s awesome). :D
    But I would just like to reassert that Doctor Who *did*, in the old days, have cadres of diverse (background-wise more than race-wise, for sure) companions, and it was super cool, and I miss it.

  • Laura Nungaray

    I find myself both agreeing and disagreeing with them. I’m not fond of the amorous damsel cliche and true when comparing the original Doctor and the new doctors they lack a certain air of aloof wisdom but a lot has happened that has changed. After all, the very first doctor had a romantic encounter where he almost ended up married to an (I believe) Aztec woman. It seems like a natural progression that now when women are more free to show and go after what they want that it become more noticeable. The doctor is a very old character and has had at least one grandchild in Susan but that also means he’s likely to become lonely. There is also the fact that he’s had characters around him like Jack Harkness who was/is a walking hormone.The doctor picked up habits from his other companions through the years sometimes seen in lingo that he uses. While I can’t say I like the idea of her making the moves so fast into their meeting I also can’t help but find the doctors reactions to be rather hilarious. Clara’s character has so far been very good in my opinion She’s intelligent, strong willed, confident character who just has absolutely no qualms in teasing the doctor (and Rory for a bit there). She’s a welcome change from the Ponds and their constant need of rescuing. The Doctor has been kissed and has kissed before and it always ends the same. Rose got lucky to get A doctor but she still didn’t get THE doctor. The only one who’s succeeded in snagging him was River Song and that’s wishy washy because she died when he met her.

    I’m still looking forward to seeing what happens regardless. New Doctors, New companions. New enemies. Everything’s always changing in the show and that’s how I believe it should be. If the doctor stayed the same it wouldn’t be any fun anymore. Even the screwdriver and the tardis have had to evolve. Who knows what time will bring for the Doctor.

  • Laura Nungaray

    Seriously, if you consider all the girls he’s kissed since the series started up again it’s a pretty long list, He was also snogged by Martha, Rose, Rose’s mom, that girl on the titanic, that one blackhaired chick on the bus, The Tardis (aka Sexy), that one lady he almost married when he was human for a bit, River, Donna, Rory, Captain Jack…

  • cmrk

    I think it would be unrealistic to keep romance out of it altogether, especially now that the trend is for ever-younger and sexier actors as the Doctor. I think Moffat tries pretty hard to do that as it is (Exhibit A: River, the perfect woman, who shows up when you want her and disappears when you don’t), and that’s what feels forced to me. The romantic element does keep up with the times and the storylines that audiences find compelling.

    Another issue that I bet divides a lot of fans (not to mention showrunners) is the way RTD diverted from canon in a couple of specific ways that were necessary to build an audience. However, they built an audience of people who have a different concept of the show and the characters. I was introduced entirely to the Whoniverse via RTD, and here is what I learned about the Doctor in the first four seasons:

    - When he regenerates, he’s still the same man, a necessary conceit to keep people around after Eccleston’s departure. But it means you’ve got a whole legion of fans, like me, who don’t get why other regenerations involve such drastic changes of character and cast. They emphasized pretty hard that 10 had the same thoughts, same memories, and most especially the same feelings as 9 did. Which brings us to point #2:

    - He loves Rose. Again, if she’s your first and only companion, you don’t see her as the latest in a long line. What you see is the Doctor sacrificing himself for her, damn near losing his mind when she’s in danger, promising her he won’t abandon her like past companions, saying she is the only thing in the whole universe he believes in, and visibly, openly mourning her throughout the two seasons following her loss. Not to mention a Dalek just putting the L word right out there at the beginning!

    I don’t think I would have gotten hooked on the show without that arc. In fact, one of the reasons I didn’t pick up Who sooner was that I had heard the classic show characterized as something of a space procedural, without the dramatic emotional and character development–and yes, the romances–that get me excited about a really epic story. There are a lot of viewers like me, and we’re not all squealing Tennant fangirls. (Much.) Romance, sex and love are too big a part of human experience to leave out of a show that, while ostensibly about an alien, is really about us.

  • DanDan McGru

    I kinda love him being a bit in love with them, but never really managing to get it together- like Rose and Tennant. But… Matt Smith is a very different doctor. And personally I think new girl is trying too damn hard. I can’t get on board with this ‘ask me again tomorrow’ nonsense. I’m sorry, but the Doctor shows up and asks you to go with him- YOU GO! stop trying to be all cool and clever.

    But that’s not really about the snogging.

    I think maybe I want it to be bigger than snogging. I want it to be something enormous, because he’s enormous. He needs something mind blowingly big and romantic and impossible otherwise it’s not enough to be appropriate for a thousand year old genius.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve kind of hand waved all the kissy parts by assuming that Time Lords have a mating cycle early in life (resulting in Susan) and then another later in life. So I’ve just assumed that Ten/Rose was puberty hitting hard and River was the result of a more mature “Time Heat” (as my husband and I call it).

    The assumption in my house is that everybody wants to jump his bones because he’s putting off Time Lord sexytime pheromones. Not canon at all, but it makes the ridiculous amount of time spent on people kissing him make more sense.

  • Andrea_R

    Yeah I was thinking he has that thousand year perspective on things. He does come across as “this is nice while it’s lasting, but I know it won’t last long” kind of feeling.

  • Shannon Skoglund

    Couldn’t agree more. I’d love to get some more diverse companions than the “young woman from the UK in our own time.”

    How about THIS: Judi Dench as the Doctor. Bernard Cribbins as her companion. I would watch the cuss out of that. :)

  • Anonymous

    I like this idea in theory, but I think the human-from-our-own-time companion is a necessity as a way to ground/manage the audience’s perspective.

  • Jill Baker Oliver

    I like that the companions seem to find him sexy, and usually in an intellectual or even “bad boy” mysterious kind of way, but he has always been surprised by that because he definitely sees himself as a different species, while they don’t. He feels as old as he is, they don’t see him that old. so to him, they are like nieces and nephews that he gets to run around and have fun with and he doesn’t think any type of sexy thoughts about them. I think they covered any sort of remaining romantic urges he might feel quite well with River since she is a time lord as well and is married to him. Are we to believe he’d cheat on his wife? With a human a that’s approximately a 50th of his age? No. He just wants to keep having fun and seeing the universe through fresh eyes so that he can reclaim that joy and joie di vivre. I have never gotten the feeling that he was trying to have any sort of sex life with anyone regardless of what their feelings in the heat of the moment might be.

  • Jill Baker Oliver

    I like that the companions seem to find him sexy, and usually in an intellectual or even “bad boy” mysterious kind of way, but he has always been surprised by that because he definitely sees himself as a different species, while they don’t. He feels as old as he is, they don’t see him that old. so to him, they are like nieces and nephews that he gets to run around and have fun with and he doesn’t think any type of sexy thoughts about them. I think they covered any sort of remaining romantic urges he might feel quite well with River since she is a time lord as well and is married to him. Are we to believe he’d cheat on his wife? With a human a that’s approximately a 50th of his age? No. He just wants to keep having fun and seeing the universe through fresh eyes so that he can reclaim that joy and joie di vivre. I have never gotten the feeling that he was trying to have any sort of sex life with anyone regardless of what their feelings in the heat of the moment might be.

  • Jill Baker Oliver

    I like that the companions seem to find him sexy, and usually in an intellectual or even “bad boy” mysterious kind of way, but he has always been surprised by that because he definitely sees himself as a different species, while they don’t. He feels as old as he is, they don’t see him that old. so to him, they are like nieces and nephews that he gets to run around and have fun with and he doesn’t think any type of sexy thoughts about them. I think they covered any sort of remaining romantic urges he might feel quite well with River since she is a time lord as well and is married to him. Are we to believe he’d cheat on his wife? With a human a that’s approximately a 50th of his age? No. He just wants to keep having fun and seeing the universe through fresh eyes so that he can reclaim that joy and joie di vivre. I have never gotten the feeling that he was trying to have any sort of sex life with anyone regardless of what their feelings in the heat of the moment might be.

  • Jill Baker Oliver

    I never really got a romantic feel from her toward the Doctor. Her kiss was pre wedding jitters, not really romantic. They played up later that she might be attracted to him as a way to keep showing Rory’s doubts that this woman he had loved since childhood could love him as much as he loved her. But I never really felt like there was any sort of romantic entanglement between Amy and the Doctor.

  • Jessica Sadoway

    I will gladly and wholeheartedly claim Tennant, then. :D

  • Anonymous

    He outright *says* as much to Rose in School Reunion, when she realizes she’s not his first companion. She gripes at him about this, and he suddenly snaps.

    ROSE: But, Sarah Jane… you were that close to her once, and now… you never even mention her. Why not?

    DOC: I don’t age. I regenerate. But humans decay. You wither and you die. Imagine watching that happen to someone you…

    ROSE: What, Doctor?

    DOC: You can spend the rest of your life with me. But I can’t spend the rest of mine with you. I have to live on, alone. That’s the curse of the Timelords.

  • Anonymous

    That’s cute. I’d love for that logic to be cannon XD

  • Maria Adelaide Borromeo

    I don’t mind the Doctor having romances. You’re bound to get bored in a thousand years, after all, and if Captain-Jack-of-the-infinite-life can have some, why shouldn’t the last of the Time Lords?

  • Karissa Ruck

    What Emily said. Seriously, I find it difficult bordering on impossible to believe that a thousand-year-old alien who can change his face would keep changing that face to yet another white man and then take yet another young white female companion. That just sounds so unbelievably boring! If I could regenerate, I would try out being and being with every type of person, of all colors, genders, and levels of ability. And I don’t pretend to be half as open-minded as an alien who travels to distant planets and meets tree people and cactus people and tentacle monsters in salt-shaker suits.

  • Bogi ThirdYearAbroad

    Donna was a brilliant breath of fresh air in terms of companions.

    The problem with the romance storyline is it just gets built up and built up, then all of a sudden it vanishes into nothing. I’d much rather one romance storyline actually was realised!

    As for Doctor 10 and Rose, that’s more a companion thing as I couldn’t stand how needy and annoying she was. At least Clara has some oomph!