I have a review in the works of the Doctor Who premiere which will hit BBC America later this month. It’s already debuted in the UK and fans have already begun reacting. What I can tell you — for now — is that the moment you meet Karen Gillan‘s Amy Pond, you may be in love. Man, woman and child are destined to fall for this lovely, fiery gal. Men mostly, but everyone will succumb to her charm by the end of the season’s hour-long opening frame. That said, a few viewers across the pond (pun intended) were put-off not only by the sexiness of Amy’s job (kissogram specialist) and her initial costume (short-skirted policewoman), but also by the new Doctor (Matt Smith) and his flamboyant ways.
For instance, the new Tardis is sexy. Matt Smith‘s Doctor — who is as enigmatic and energetic as David Tennant was in his early days — calls it sexy. He also proceeds later to undress completely in front of Ms. Pond, who refuses to look away from her naked, soon-to-be inter-dimensional travel companion. It’s all very edgy, at least that’s what viewers were telling The Telegraph this past week.
It is perhaps a surprising thing to see viewers saying that they’ve “completely demeaned Doctor Who by replacing good episode stories with slutty girls.” For one, the new Doctor Who has a tone that is all its own. It is a progressive tone, one that reflects a new direction that should easily develop a new generation of loyal followers. But it isn’t offensive. In my professional opinion — as someone with much experience in the world of the lewd — the new Doctor Who is no more offensive than the dialogue of a primetime show in America, something like Burn Notice would be a good comparison. And thanks to Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, a pair that has wonderful chemistry on-screen, it makes the new Who all that much more fun.
I, for one, really enjoyed the fresher tone of the new Doctor Who, and would give kudos to Steven Moffat for making the change. Then again, it is a series that now appears to be made for my generation without letting go of what has made it great in the past. And that’s something special, not something demeaned. You can see a bit of the sexiness in the 9-minute preview clip now available on iTunes.
Have you seen the opening episode of Doctor Who? If so, what did you think of the slightly edgier tone and heightened sexuality?