Doctor Who 'too sexy' says original director – Daily TV round-up

Waris Hussein, who made the show's first episodes, says Doctor should be 'unavailable'

The new incarnation of 'Doctor Who' is too sexy, according to the show's original director.

74-year-old Waris Hussein, who directed the first ever episodes of the show starring William Hartnell, made the remarks while appearing on 'The Reunion' on Radio 4, which brought together a number of former cast members of the sci-fi series.

“There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in,” he said.

“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 veteran director was referring to the addition of the Doctor's new sidekick Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Asked why the character of the Doctor should be 'unavailable', he said: “Why bring in this element when in fact you needn't have it there?”

Also on the show was Peter Purves, who before becoming known as a presenter on 'Blue Peter' played the Doctor's assistant Steven Taylor.

Purves added that he agreed 'totally' with Hussein's view.

“The original series was so simple. They were very straightforward, nice linear stories that one could follow,” he said.

It follows news that the latest series has reportedly lost one million viewers, with 5.7 million people tuning in last Saturday, compared with 6.7 million for the Easter weekend episode.

A BBC spokesperson told The Sun: “This episode convincingly won its slot. The series is in fine form and Jenna-Louise is a big hit with viewers.” [Daily Mirror/The Sun]

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