Original Doctor Who Director Slams Modern Show's Sexuality
William Hussein is critical of the sexual tension in the modern series of Doctor Who
The original director of Doctor Who has criticised the modern day version of the programme for its new-found sexuality. William Hussein worked on the original version of the show, when William Hartnell played the Time Lord. In an interview with BBC Radio 4, he said “There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in.” As the show approaches its 50th anniversary show, Hussein questioned the need for a sexual slant on the show, saying “Why bring in this element when in fact you needn't have it there?”
The Time Lord is currently played by Matt Smith, who has been in the role since 2010. He is now joined by a new female companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Hussein is clearly not enamoured with the sexual tension between the two actors and explained that it had never been necessary in the earlier series of the show, when the likes of Peter Purves and Carole Ann Ford graced our screens. “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.”
The aforementioned Time Lord of yore, Peter Purves was in agreement with Hussain, as well, stating “The original series was so simple. They were very straightforward, nice linear stories that one could follow.”
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