1st Doctor Who director blasts new version for being too sexy

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Apr 8, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT (Updated)

When the BBC brought Doctor Who back to life eight years ago after an extended hiatus, they made some solid changes to the format to appeal to a new generation of fans. Most enjoy the younger actors, better effects and more timey-wimey storylines.

But original Doctor Who director Waris Hussein, the man responsible for the first-ever episodes starring William Hartnell back in 1963, has one problem with the modern version: It’s just too darn sexy.

Hussein likened the original concept to Sherlock Holmes, saying the Doctor should remain “unavailable,” and expressed his displeasure with the “sea change” that has occurred under former showrunner Russell T Davies and current producer Steven Moffat.

Here’s what he said on a recent radio show:

"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. Why bring in this element when in fact you needn't have it there?"

For classic fans, sure, the concept of Doctor Who has changed a lot over the past 50 years. But for a franchise to survive, it sometimes has to reinvent itself, and it’s hard to complain about change when you’re dealing with a series that switches out its lead actor every few years.

Do you prefer the newer, apparently sexier version of Doctor Who? Or prefer the classic tales?

(Via The Telegraph)