Radar: Doctor Who
For a series that was originally conceived at least partly Edutainment series for a family audience, Doctor Who, especially in the new series, has snuck a few past the TV code (for the most part, these are from the 2005-present revival series; the original 1963-89 series tended to attract more concern about violence than innuendo).
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The Hartnell Years
The Hartnell Years could give the new series a run for its money in the sex department:
- In "An Unearthly Child", Ian suspects Susan might be sneaking into the Junkyard to "see a boy" (innocent enough out of context, but bear in mind she's sneaking into an abandoned Junkyard in the middle of the night, suggesting that Ian thinks she's got more than holding hands in mind).
- A jailer in "The Reign of Terror" pretty much offers to let Barbara go in return for sex. Thankfully she doesn't oblige.
- Vasor tries to rape Barbara in "The Keys of Marinus".
- In "The Rescue", Ian Maliciously Misnames Koquillion "Cocky-lickin'".
- Barbara was almost raped again in "The Romans", this time by Emperor Nero.
- In "The Chase", Ian is implied to habitually engage in some rather conservative crossdressing:
Ian: Oh, er, Barbara, could, I, er, have your cardigan?Barbara: Oh, not again.Ian: It's for the Dalek, not for me.
- Edith is strongly implied to be gang-raped off-screen by the three Norwegian scouts in "The Time Meddler", as confirmed by Verity Lambert on the DVD commentary. She also explains why the Hartnell era had a higher concentration of sex references; though social taboos were stricter due to the recent introduction of TV, there was less in the way of strict rules on content. In general, there was a tacit understanding of what was appropriate for broadcast, but whether a specific sequence breached it or not was mostly a matter for the personal opinion of the producer.
- This little gem from "The Myth Makers": "Upon my soul, you're making me as nervous as a Baccante at her first orgy." Steven Moffat at least tries to disguise his dirty jokes.
- "The Celestial Toymaker" includes The King of Hearts reciting a very offensive version of Eeny Meeny Miny Moe. That slipped past the censors in the UK but American networks wouldn't play it.
- In "The Smugglers":
Captain Avery: What makes you think I'm the kind of man who likes the company of gentlemen, sir?
The Doctor: Why, your dress, your tastes...
- The Italian soldier in "The Tenth Planet" has Page Three Stunna posters on his wall and pornographic mags around his bunk.
The Troughton Years
- The Second Doctor serial "The Wheel in Space" gives us the classic Patrick Troughton line fluff: "We're all going to be killed shortly unless you switch over to sexual air supply."
- The (intentional) Ho Yay between the Second Doctor and Jamie is fairly tame by today's standards, but pretty extreme considering homosexuality was illegal at the time (although decriminalised). Some is actually fairly clear by today's standards - like the Second Doctor fondling Jamie's sporran, or looking up his kilt when he's standing on the Doctor's shoulders (preserved only in telesnap form, sadly).
- "The Dominators" has a part where Jamie climbs a ladder to open a grate - if you pay attention to Cully standing at the bottom, he looks up at the grate, suddenly realises he can see up Jamie's kilt, and has a sudden surprised and appreciative reaction.
The Pertwee Years
- "The Time Monster":
- Has the Master on Earth making a teleporter that pushes matter through time and space called "Transmission of Matter Through Insterstitial Time". They even use the abbreviation TOMTITnote . One investor gets mad at the expense and that the machine doesn't seem to work properly. "Even the name is arrogant! TOMTIT", with an emphasis on the last three letters. And STILL nobody in the censor board noticed. (It's also Cockney rhyming slang for, well, exactly what you think.)
- Ruth Ingram announces to Stuart Hyde that she hates all men. Stu says, "I'm on your side". Ruth nods and agrees he doesn't count. Stu asks her why. There is a short pause, and then he announces, "Let's do it". Of course, he's referring to starting the experiment without the Master's input, but Ruth's reaction makes it pretty clear what she thinks he's just asked.
- The Master's subplot with Galleia consists on paper of them discussing the plot, but both actors are saying the words with emphasis to make it very clearly about sex. Galleia is impressed with the Master being the kind of man who'll 'take what he wants', and the Master agrees - "but with your consent, of course". Even when the Master discusses the death of the king, he does so in terms of how the end 'comes for all men' while toying with Galleia's hands.
- A soldier can be seen reading a porno magazine in "Invasion of the Dinosaurs".
- In "Carnival of Monsters", Vorg assumes from the Doctor's looks that he speaks Polari. Polari is a language used by carnival folk to communicate with each other, but was better known as a language used by members of the gay community to communicate while avoiding prosecution.
The Tom Baker Years
- "Robot" has an Oedipus Complex theme, backed up by Phallic Weapon and Compensating for Something visuals. For instance, after killing his "father," the robot collapses outside of the rather yonic base door with the disintegrator (a large gun with a pink tip) lying on its groin, and the Brigadier touches it. Later, after the Doctor explains to Harry about Freudian psychology and "compensation," we see the Brigadier about to fire the disintegrator from the hip in an extended and very phallic shot.
- Sarah Jane has a scene where she's trying to charm her way past the Brigadier by flirting with him. When he reminds her that he's married by talking about dancing she tells him, "oh, nonsense, Brigadier, you're a swinger!" Made even more blatant by the new series using 'dancing' as a metaphor for sex on several occasions.
- "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" has a bit of fun with Victorian Have a Gay Old Time when Litefoot finds and plays with a phallic object in Greel's carpet bag and Jago exclaims, "What a queer collection of objects!"
- When Tom Baker appeared in-character on Swap Shop (in a special feature available on the "The Hand of Fear" DVD), he managed to sneak one in while being interviewed by a caller who kept stammering:
Child: How big... how long... how big is your...!Tom Baker: (glances up towards the camera with a shocked and offended expression)Child: ...Police Box on the inside...
- From "Underworld":
The Doctor: What is blown can be sucked.
- "The Stones of Blood" has one half of the Les Yay-laden guest character double act make a suggestive remark to Romana about how much fun she can have with a bicycle seat.
- "The Creature From The Pit":
- The monster in this one has a terribly Unfortunate Character Design that has to be seen to be believed, and resembles a giant, warty green cock-and-balls. The costume department claims it was unintentional, but the scripted innuendo and its Meaningful Name - "Erato" - a few letters away from "erotic" and the name of the Muse of pornography - is enough to make a case that it wasn't. They didn't quite get away with it - the creature had to have its appendage altered between episodes. Tom Baker, for his part, has a lovely time rubbing his mouth and licking his lips a lot while talking to it. There is one particular scene where he greets it by moaning, "you have beautiful skin..." before moving in to caress its 'body', sighing his dialogue and rubbing his cheek against it. Then he takes its appendage in his hands, rubs his hands up and down it, puts the end of it in his mouth, and mimes blowing and sucking. Later the Doctor actually allows Erato to use his throat (the creature needs to use other people's larynxes to talk), which Tom Baker decides to play as if he's allowing Erato to do something quite intimate, cuddling up to Erato's side and gesturing towards his throat with his hands.
- The Doctor gets put in the stocks by a villain who takes the opportunity to stroke and admire the Doctor's nose while he's powerless to resist.
- Romana makes at least one BDSM joke about her relationship with the Doctor.
- Forget her relationship with the Doctor; Romana spends half the serial being tied up, interrogated, slapped across the face and claimed as a 'handmaiden' by a woman in red-and-black leather who calls her "my dear" and seems to enjoy manhandling her whenever possible.
- Camilla in "State of Decay" is a pretty obvious Lesbian Vampire and molests Romana.
The Davison Years
- During the filming of "Castrovalva", Matthew Waterhouse, who plays Adric, had a ferocious hangover. Eventually, he ended up running over to a tree and vomiting during the scene where Tegan and the Doctor argue about who landed the TARDIS. The actors kept going so they could use the take. In the serial, if one listens carefully, Watterhouse can just barely be heard tossing his cookies off-screen.
- The infamous moment in "The Caves of Androzani" when viewers get a very strong view of Peri's cleavage right before the Fifth Doctor regenerates, which Peter Davison even recalls was distracting during the day they filmed his final scene.
- In "Warriors of the Deep", the Doctor puts on an unconscious guard's suit, then sniffs, and says, "What have you been eating?"
The Colin Baker Years
- The Vervoids. Seriously?◊
- In "The Two Doctors", Peri mouths "you asshole!" at the villain, although nothing can be heard.
- In "Revelation of the Daleks", there's a dialogue between the Doctor and Peri after he helps her climb over a wall which seems to imply that she accidentally kicked him in the genitals and did some permanent damage. It's revealed at the end that he's complaining about a broken pocket watch.
The Eccleston Years
- "The Doctor Dances": the Doctor discusses "dancing" with Rose, a little miffed that she assumed he'd never "danced" before. He has, it's just been a while. Later, when the Doctor and Rose are dancing note in front of Jack, Rose assumes that Jack wants to cut in and dance with her. As it turns out, he'd rather "dance" with the Doctor.
- "Dalek": Viewers were apparently so upset over a reference (in a sexual context) to "spooning" (lodging a number of complaints) they appeared to miss the fact one of the characters in this episode utters the strong (even for 2005) swear word "goddamn," which as of 2013 remains the strongest word uttered in the main Doctor Who series (for stronger language, you need to watch Torchwood). That may be dependent on your location — in the UK and in Australia, neither "damn" nor "goddamn" are really considered swearwords.
The David Tennant Years
- In "The Christmas Invasion", Rose remarks that the Doctor has two hearts.
Jackie: Anything else he's got two of?
- For an added bonus, Jackie is clearly looking at The Doctor's crotch while she says that line.
- "New Earth":
Cassandra: She's back! Oh, that little blonde bi—
[cut to the Doctor and Rose talking]
Rose: Bit rich, coming from you.
Cassandra: That portion of skin came from the front of my body. This... came from the back.
Rose: Right, so you're literally talking out of your ar—
Cassandra: Ask not.
Cassandra: [in the Doctor's body] I'm a man! So many parts... and hardly used. [significant look at Rose]
- In "Love & Monsters", Ursula gets reduced to a face in a pavingstone. Elton remarks that they "still have a bit of a love life."
- During "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit", several characters are crawling through a duct.
Rose: [right behind Danny] Not your best angle, Danny.
Danny: Oi, stop it.
Toby: [behind Rose] Mine could be worse.
- And who could forget Captain Jack's not-so-subtle response to being in a room with THREE alternate versions of the Tenth Doctor (The regular Doctor, The half-human Meta-Crisis Doctor and the Doctor Donna) in "Journey's End": "I can't tell you what I'm thinking right now..." Many fangirls were thinking the same thing...
- Then there's this from the 2007 episode "The Lazarus Experiment".
- In the mini-special "Time Crash", The Tenth Doctor mentions to the Fifth Doctor (their TARDISes intersected when Ten was redecorating) that the Master is running about again. Five asks whether or not the Master "still [has] that rubbish beard." Ten responds that no, but he does have a wife.
- The 1920s porn that Colonel Curbishley secretly looks at in "The Unicorn and the Wasp." That got more questions from the kids than the gay relationship in the episode.
The Matt Smith Years
- "The Eleventh Hour" has The Doctor run into a man he met earlier to use his laptop. When he snatches the computer away and looks at it he says "Blimey! Get a girlfriend!"—and later on: "Delete your internet history." Bravo Moff.
- And in "Flesh and Stone", there's the scene in Amy's bedroom. How the hell did they get away with that?!
- There is a hilarious example in "The Vampires of Venice", in which Rory pulls out a tiny light with which to ward off the vampires. In response, the Doctor immediately pulls out a massive ultraviolet bar.
Rory: Yours is bigger than mine.
The Doctor: Let's not go there.
- "Oooh, Doctor, you sonicked her..." To make this even more remarkable, that's her daughter she's talking about. Although she and the audience don't know that yet.
- And in "Vincent and the Doctor" the monster seems to rather enjoy one of the sonic settings. The monster even returns the favor by repeatedly bumping a door that Eleven is leaning against. Eleven has a visible reaction.
- In "A Christmas Carol", Amy and Rory are wearing their policewoman and Roman costume throughout the whole episode (having just had their honeymoon interrupted), and always change the subject when someone brings their clothes up.
Rory: You know, history lesson, a bit of fun every now and then, a bit of nostalgia!
- The 2011 Comic Relief special:
- Some not-so-subtle exchanges:
Amy: He's just jealous because I passed my test first time.
Rory: You cheated, you wore a skirt.... Did you ever see Amy drive, Doctor?
The Doctor: No.
Rory: Neither did her driving instructor.
- Rory then, while working under the glass floor of the TARDIS, manages to mess up the systems pretty badly from not concentrating. Amy explains why it was her fault:
[Beat]The Doctor: [sickened] Oh, Rory!
- Note that when we cut to Rory apologising for this, he is still very obviously staring up Amy's skirt.
- And later on, when a second Amy appears:
Amy #1: Do I really look like that?
Amy #2: Yeah. Yeah, you do.
Amy #1: Mmm... I'd give you a driving licence.
Amy #2: I'll bet you would.
The Doctor: Oh, this is how it all ends. Pond, flirting with herself. True love at last. [remembering that Amy's husband is also present] Oh, sorry, Rory.
Rory: [nearly catatonic] Absolutely no problem at all...
- And there's this scene:
- Some not-so-subtle exchanges:
- In "The Impossible Astronaut":
The Doctor: Shout if you get in trouble.
River: Don't worry, I'm quite the screamer. Now there's a spoiler for you...
- In "The Curse of the Black Spot", the Doctor thinks the pirates are compensating for something with their guns.
- The not-so-subtle exchange between Madame Vastra and Jenny in "A Good Man Goes to War":
Vastra: Was I being insensitive again, dear?
Jenny: [gives her a look]
Vastra: I don't know why you put up with me. [shoots out long, prehensile tongue]
- Later, in "The Snowmen", Vastra is shown in close-up outright leering at Clara. Surprisingly, Jenny doesn't comment.
- "The Crimson Horror":
- "The Wedding of River Song": "River Song came twice."
- The "Night and the Doctor" minisodes have some... interesting lines.
- Examples from "First Night":
The Doctor: [regarding his and River's destination] You could read a book by [the stars].
River: [suggestively] Is it okay if I don't?
The Doctor: We've got ten minutes, so get dressed.
River: Oh, that's so close to the perfect sentence.
The Doctor: Hmm.
- A bit later...
The Doctor: [referring to the diary] From now on, there are rules.
River: Ooh, Doctor, you've got all strict — not that I mind.
- From "Last Night":
[The Doctor is trying to resuscitate a Future!River, who's playing dead]
The Doctor: River... you are holding your breath.
River: You're a fine one to talk about holding. How many hands do you have?
The Doctor: River, you can't do things like that!
River: Or what? [...] What else are you gonna do, spank me?
- And then:
- With none of this taking into account a certain dress.
- Examples from "First Night":
- In the 2011 Christmas Special "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe", there is a scene where, in order to save a planet full of sentient alien trees, the title widow, Madge, takes the collective "souls" of the trees inside herself. During this process, she seems to be having an orgasm.
- The Series 6 trailer has a naked River, though anything cleavage-based isn't seen. The scene was cut from the final episode.
- "Handcuffs! Why do you always have handcuffs?" Followed by "You. Me. Handcuffs. Must it always end this way?"
- "Amy's Choice" has this fun little exchange:
The Doctor: I don't know, but I can't feel my feet... And other parts.
Rory: I think all my parts are basically fine.
The Doctor: Stop competing.
- Also in that episode, the Dream Lord says to Amy "The Doctor left you alone with me. Anything can happen." And as he says those last two lines he transforms into wearing basically a bathrobe and has a very creepy expression on his face.
- "Asylum of the Daleks" has, at the end of the episode, Amy and Rory—their relationship repaired—standing outside their house. Amy gives Rory a steamy look and walks inside. He smiles for a second, fist pumps * , and follows her.
- "Pond Life" part two has one combined with a noodle incident—the Doctor bursts into Amy and Rory's bedroom, only to immediately cover his eyes and yell at them to "stop what [they're] doing!" They were only sleeping, but considering they also have a rule about the Doctor bursting into the bedroom...
- Amy is probably wearing either a bra or lingerie under the sheets, as she's clearly hiding her breasts while Rory allows his plain, blue T-shirt to be seen.
- Also, at the end, Rory says, "I really hate it when he does that," suggesting that the Doctor has walked in on them more than once.
- There's also that little incident with Mata Hari shedding her dress in front of Eleven. The Doctor's waffle on a stick gets a wee bit happy...
- "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" has a few moments:
- Brian Williams has balls in his pants. Golf balls.
- This one is even lampshaded by Amy, who calls him a "walking innuendo":
John Riddell: [to Nefertiti] You need a man of action and excitement—one with a very large weapon! [brandishes BFG stun gun right by his crotch]
- It's heavily implied that Solomon intends to rape Nefertiti.
- "The Angels Take Manhattan":
- Melody Malone and her "cleavage that could fell an ox at twenty feet." The Doctor's clearly enjoying himself reading too, given the "Yowza!" It's really not so bad considering it's River Song and therefore his wife. On the other hand, he's reading it in front of her mother, and River herself wrote it.
- According to the behind-the-scenes publication The Doctor Who Companion: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 6, the original script would have had the Doctor utter the phrase "Traffic was a bitch." Evidently either Steven Moffat or the powers that be thought better of this and changed the dialogue.
- "The Bells of Saint John":
- The Doctor orders Clara to get into the police box, now (for their safety). A Motor Mouthed conversation where Clara obviously thinks the Doctor is propositioning her ensues.
- The Doctor enjoys his Jammy Dodger a little too much.
- "The Doctor's Wife":
- One in the Norwegian subs: when the Doctor calls the TARDIS "Old Girl", the subs say "tÝs", which is a word for "slut"...
- The original dialog has one too: when the Doctor is introducing the TARDIS in human form to Amy and Rory, Amy fires back with this zinger.
Amy: Did you wish really hard?
- According to Word of God, the title of "The Big Bang" is less about the creation of the universe and more about the consummation of Rory and Amy's marriage.
- River has a subtle Showing Off the New Body moment in "Let's Kill Hitler" when she walks offscreen for a few seconds to (it's heavily implied) check out her new body's butt in a mirror. We only hear her shrieking in delight, and later promising that she's "going to wear lots of jodhpurs!" Because it happens offscreen, it's not blatant enough to count as outright Fanservice. Also, the joke is only obvious if you know what jodhpurs are. Even moreso, when you consider that she's wearing a loose-fitting dress in that scene—meaning that she'd have to have deliberately lifted up her dress to get a good look at her bottom. Which would be way too saucy to show on-screen on an episode of Doctor Who.
- The made-for-DVD minisode "Clara and the TARDIS" has Clara conducting a surprisingly frank conversation with the TARDIS about whether she's the first girl the Doctor has had, ahem, stay the night. The TARDIS's subsequent slideshow of past female companions (with Clara taking particular notice of Amy's legs) leaves it unclear—from Clara's point of view—as to whether or not these were actually past romances of the Doctor. To her credit, she seems to take this lengthy "girlfriends list" in stride. One wonders about her reaction had the TARDIS chosen to also display images of Adric, Harry Sullivan, or Captain Jack. A virtually identical gag is used in an Amy minisode where she makes the TARDIS display images of the former companions, taunts the Doctor about it, and gets a Head-Tiltingly Kinky reaction to a woman in a "leather bikini" (a reference to Fourth Doctor Nubile Savage companion Leela).
The Capaldi Years
- Strax checks Clara's subconscious and finds "Muscular young men doing sport," then adds the clarification that it "could be called 'sport' ". Someone's a Yaoi Fangirl. (Or a Yuri Fan, if he's again mixing up the genders.)
- Another in that episode: Clara kicks the sonic screwdriver up into the doctor's lap and he makes a face.
Clara: Sorry, did I... hit something?The Doctor: Oh, the symbolism.
- Another in that episode: Clara kicks the sonic screwdriver up into the doctor's lap and he makes a face.
- "Robot of Sherwood" has the Doctor doubting if Robin Hood is real or a sham. Looking for biological proof, he gives each of Robin Hood's Merry Men an intrusive examination, and saves the most intrusive one of all for Robin Hood himself. The Doctor approaches Robin Hood with a goblet—at crotch level... suggesting he was going for a urine sample.
- Not to mention Mark Gatiss wrote the episode, and his trademark use of campy innuendo shows. The scenes where Robin Hood and the Doctor argue are rife with attempts by each to one up the size of each other's manly pride, among other things.
- Plus the freeze-frame bonus as The Doctor is putting his gauntlet on. His facial expression and finger positioning are most eloquent.