Doctor Who scene deleted because Moffat thought it 'too naughty'

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Dec 15, 2012

Back in December, the BBC released a trailer for the (then upcoming) season six of Doctor Who that contained two scenes we never actually got to see. Why? Well, for one in particular, it was because Steven Moffat tought it was a bit 'too naughty' for Who.

When Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat was asked on Twitter about the bit where we see a naked River Song (Alex Kingston) winking at an unknown someone in the trailer, he answered: "Deleted, yes. Too naughty, don't know what I was thinking."

The scene was apparently cut from the season six premiere episode ''The Impossible Astronaut.''

There's a few more details coming from The Eleventh Doctor Volume 3:

The readthrough script for [''The Impossible Astronaut''] had minimal changes before issue as shooting script. The main alteration was the ultimately deleted scene at Stormcage where the governor remonstrated with River Song over her previous 15 escapes under his predecessor, "Oh, it was never fifteen—unless you're counting holidays and hair appointments..." said River as she opened a cupboard on the cell wall and pulled out an impossibly long clothes rail of dresses commenting, "Don't mind my wardrobe. Teensy bit bigger on the inside!"

But the ''naughty'' River Song scene is not the only one that ended up either on the cutting floor, or not being filmed at all. Apparently:

There were more changes later made to [''Day of the Moon'']; the opening sequence with Rory and Canton was set in Chicago's waterfront docklands and the final scene with the little girl was set in New York. The Doctor and his friends had been gathering information over two rather than three months between installments. Still to be added were the Doctor's comparisons of the Silents to the Roman Empire, the Doctor describing the sensation of the Silents being around, and much of a sub-plot about the Doctor's beard.

Then there's also a scene (see pic below) which shows a group of mean-looking Nazis searching for the Doctor (Matt Smith), also cut from ''The Impossible Astronaut.'' (It's probably the scene when our good old Doctor ended up tunneling under the Commandant's office in the intro sequence, when he was breaking out of a POW camp.)

And here's the trailer for you to see:

Sadly, seems we'll never get to see any of those scenes because there are NO deleted scenes included in the upcoming season six DVD and Blu-ray sets.

Bummer. Oh well ...

So—do you guys agree that the River Song bit may have been too naughty for Doctor Who and that Steven Moffat did the right thing by axing it? Before you answer, we just want to remind you all that David Tennant once appeared pretty much naked in the season four finale, ''Journey's End.'' What do you think about that?

(via Doctor Who TV)

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