Karen Gillan's first appearance as Amy Pond in The Eleventh Hour

Doctor Who ‘Sexualised’? Matt Smith Disagrees

Has Doctor Who been sexualised?

So says veteran Who director Waris Hussein.

But current star Matt Smith disagrees, and recently spoke about the allegations in The Mirror.

I strongly disagree. Doctor Who is just rollicking good fun with the odd snog here and there. For sure, Karen [Gillan] is hot, so too Billie and Jenna but is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.
What’s he want us to do, put everyone in straitjackets? Look at the history of the show, there were women in Tarzanian outfits, were there not, back in the early days?

I personally agree with Matt on this point. While there has been a bit more romance added to the show than was done in the episodes of the Classic era, I don’t think the show is by any means overtly sexual. Both Leela and Peri at times wore much less than Amy, even with her short skirts.

Frankly, having characters that are couples like Amy and Rory as well as the Doctor and River – who is supposed to be his wife, after all – kissing, is something that would naturally happen! To never see any of them kiss would almost feel as if their relationships were trying to be hidden. There are a number of moments in the episodes from the original series where a quick snog would have been more than appropriate, but where such a thing wasn’t done because it was felt it would change the characters or quite possibly because those creating the show were scared to add such a thing to something ostensibly labeled as a children’s show.

I’m not advocating for turning the show into a full on snogfest (a snog box indeed!) but here and there when appropriate to the story? The Doctor and his companions can always use a few more lighthearted moments. And for a relationship like the Doctor and River have, where the audience hasn’t seen all of their romance played out on screen? A kiss shows us just how strong a connection they have for each other.

(via MTV UK)



Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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