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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).


  • 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".
    • Barbara was almost raped again in "The Romans", this time by Emperor Nero.
    • Edith is raped off-screen 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. There was more of a general consensus on what was appropriate for broadcast, and whether you breached it came down mostly to the whim 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.
    • In "The Rescue", Ian Maliciously Misnames Koquillion "Cocky-lickin'".
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • "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.
  • "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)
  • 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.
    Rose: Oi!
  • 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.
  • In "Love & Monsters", Ursula gets reduced to a face in a pavingstone. Elton remarks that they "still have a bit of a love life".
  • And who could forget Captain Jack's not-so-subtle response to being in a room with TWO gorgeous Tenth Doctors in "Journey's End": "I can't tell you what I'm thinking!" You don't have to, Captain. Trust us, we were all 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 was running about again. Five asks whether or not the Master "still had 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 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.
  • Okay, who here actually believes that Amy shows up to parties in skimpy outfits to kiss people? Hey, a kissogram is actually a thing, costumes and all. They're just a bit... quaint. And hence fitting for Leadsworth.
  • And in "Flesh and Stone", there was the scene in Amy's bedroom. How the hell did they get away with that?!
  • There was a hilarious example in "The Vampires of Venice", in which Rory pulls out a tiny light to ward off the vampires with. In response, the Doctor immediately pulls out a massive ultraviolet bar. Cue:
    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:
      Rory: Heh... no. Why do I get slapped?
      The Doctor: Because we have to stick to the established chain of events. One mistake and the whole timeline could collapse. We'd end up with two Amy Ponds forever, and then what would you do?
      (Rory looks at Amy with raised eyebrows)
      Amy: (gasp; slap)
  • 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":
    • Even still later, Jenny can similarly be seen sizing up Clara in the background of one scene.
    • The Doctor's, er, screwdriver was a bit happy when Jenny's dress hits the floor to reveal her sexy Cat Suit.
  • "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, and then—)
      The Doctor: River... you are holding your breath.
      River: You're a fine one to talk about holding. How many hands do you have?
    • Also:
      The Doctor: River, you can't do things like that!
      River: Or what?[...] What else are you gonna do, spank me?
    • And then:
      (yet another River enters the TARDIS, followed by her Doctor)
      Future!River: (sees Present!Doctor) Two of you! The mind races, does it not?
      (Future!River and Future!Doctor leave, just as Present!River returns)
      Present!River: (seeing Future!Doctor) Two of you! The mind races, does it not?
    • With none of this taking into account a certain dress.
  • 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 tile widow, Madge, takes the collective "souls" of the trees inside herself. During this process, she seems to be having an orgasm.
  • Doctor Who is classified as a children's/family show. "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 TOMTIT. One investor gets mad at the expense and that the machine doesn't seem to work properly. "Even the name is offensive! TOMTIT", with an emphasis on the last three letters. And STILL nobody in the censor board noticed.
    • In Britain, "tit" also refers to chickadees (which are actually a mostly old world family anyway). And that's the definition that the word tomtit is based off.
    • It's also Cockney rhyming slang for, well, exactly what you think.
  • The Series 6 trailer had a naked River, though anything cleavage-based wasn'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?"
  • There is plenty to be scandalized by in the classic serials, too. I mean, come on! For those of you who can't play the video, Four is attempting to communicate with a large alien and presses his face against a suspiciously phallic-looking appendage.
  • From "Underworld":
    The Doctor: What is blown can be sucked.
  • The Vervoids. Seriously?
  • In "Smith and Jones" there's a poster on the wall, just for a second, if you look closely, that says "condom facts". Which is reasonable — they are in a hospital.
  • "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 was 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...
  • A soldier can be seen reading a porno magazine in "Invasion of the Dinosaurs".
  • "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" has a few moments:
    • Brian Williams has balls in his pants. Golf balls.
    • "You need a man of action and excitement — one with a very large weapon!" This one is even lampshaded by Amy, who calls him a "walking innuendo".
    • 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 was 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 had 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. And 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 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 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' 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 was 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 Creature From The Pit" had a genuinely unintentional Unfortunate Character Design for the monster, which turned out to resemble a giant green cock-and-balls, to the costume department's horror and to Tom Baker's great amusement. He spends several scenes miming masturbation or fellatio on the thing, reads his lines about the monster with facial expressions and emphasis to make them into dick jokes, and that's before you get into Romana's scripted BDSM jokes 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.
  • "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.
  • "Deep Breath" features the first lesbian kiss in the show's fifty year run.
    • 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.

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