Steven Moffat: Why there needed to be a 'Bad Girl in the TARDIS'

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Dec 14, 2012

When Doctor Who guru Steven Moffat decided to write in the new 11th Doctor's (Matt Smith) newest companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), he had an ultimate goal in mind—to add some sexual tension in the famous blue police box.

Steven Moffat revealed his reasoning in a recent interview with Vulture. The show runner had decided that it was about time to have a companion who, instead of just mooning and pining over the Doctor, would actually try to do something about it—in short, try to jump his bones:

I just thought it would be, you know, Bad Girl in the TARDIS. They've always been so well behaved, those girls! I just thought, I haven't met any girls like that. Most of the girls I know would just jump the Doctor as soon as they look at him. I said, It's time we have one of those.

Actually, though Amy tried to put the moves on him, it's wasn't the first time a companion actively kissed the Doctor. There was Rose (she was possessed by that "flat-faced" last human Cassandra at the time); then the Doctor kissed Martha (but it didn't mean anything—poor Martha); then Donna kissed the Doctor (all in the line of duty, though—it was to give him a big shock to save his life); and scores more. But, somehow, Amy propositioning the Doctor purely for sex, and him having to say no, of course (it's a family show, after all), got some fans up in arms—which is something that never really happened before:

On Doctor Who, no. But I think if a man and a woman go through a life-or-death experience and they're both young and attractive, that's really quite plausible. In fact, you'd really have to ask why it hasn't happened before in Doctor Who. I just thought it would be funny. 'Cause the Doctor is used to deflecting people who are madly in love with him, but he's never had to deflect someone who has a much shorter and more passionate agenda.

For those who always thought of the Doctor as a saintly and grandfatherly figure, clearly it's no longer the case anymore, with younger and younger actors playing the role. But as Moffat puts it, the Doctor is capable of having a sexual relationship:

We know that he had a family once. And we could pretend that he doesn't have an eye for the pretty girl, but you'd be struggling to justify that view, wouldn't you, looking at his choice of travel companions. I think he has at some point in his life indulged. Whether he still does is a secret between him and that big blue box.

Moffat's predecessor, Russell T Davies, also made it clear that the Doctor could and was having sex. In "The End of Time" the Doctor revealed he had married Queen Elizabeth I (which would hilariously explain her reaction to the Doctor in "The Shakespeare Code" as him being her "mortal enemy") and that she no longer was the "Virgin Queen."

So what do you think about Moffat's goal of including a bit more sexual tension in the TARDIS? Do you feel there should be more or less of it?

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