The spooky Doctor Who episode – Dark Water – which saw the death of Clara Oswald’s boyfriend Danny, was the subject of the most complaints to Ofcom since the show was revived in 2005.
The broadcast regulator received 19 complaints about Dark Water, the penultimate episode of Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor.
Eighteen of them were categorised as falling under ‘generally accepted standards’, meaning these viewers likely found the content of the episode offensive.
In the episode, which was broadcast on BBC One on November 1 last year, Clara’s boyfriend Danny Pink is killed in a car accident. It then explores themes about the afterlife and whether the dead can feel their bodies being cremated.
The episode ends with the revelation that Missy is actually the Master, the Doctor’s nemesis.
It was the most complained-about episode to Ofcom since Christopher Eccleston became the Ninth Doctor in 2005.
The opening episode of Peter Capaldi’s first season, Deep Breath, received 14 complaints, making it the second most complained-about episode to the regulator.
Eleven of them referred to the scheduling of the show, which started at 7:50pm on BBC One on August 23 last year.
Part Two of The End of Time, which first broadcast on New Year’s Day 2010 and saw Matt Smith take over from David Tennant as the Doctor, received eight complaints.
In total there have been 150 complaints to Ofcom about the sci-fi show since it relaunched in 2005, according to figures from the regulator released under freedom of information laws.
Sixty of them related to ‘generally accepted standards’ about offensive material, the most common category.
There were 26 related to scheduling and 14 to offensive language.
Top 5 most complained about Doctor Who episodes
- Dark Water (November 1 2015) Peter Capaldi / 19 complaints
- Deep Breath (August 23 2014) Matt Smith/Peter Capaldi / 14 complaints
- The End of Time, Part Two (January 1 2010) David Tennant/Matt Smith / 8 complaints
- The Unquiet Dead (April 9 2005) Christopher Eccleston / 7 complaints
=5. The Caretaker (September 27 2014) Peter Capaldi / 6 complaints
=5. Flesh and Stone (May 1 2010) Matt Smith / 6 complaints
=5. The Unicorn and the Wasp (May 17 2008) David Tennant / 6 complaints
The 4th Doctor is nearly drowned by Chancellor Goth in “The Deadly Assassin”
Mary Whitehouse CBE (13 June 1910-23 November 2001) was a British campaigner for what she perceived to be values of morality and decency derived from her Christian beliefs. She began by focusing her efforts on the broadcast media, which she regarded as highly influential, and where she felt these values were particularly lacking. Later, she intervened in publications and theatrical productions of which she disapproved. She was involved in several cases of litigation. She was the founder and first president of the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association, now known as mediawatch-uk.
Tipper Gore anyone?
Mary Whitehouse frequently singled out Doctor Who for its violence and frightening scenes, most notably in Genesis of the Daleks where she complained about the Nazi-themed Kaleds and in The Deadly Assassin, where she took a dislike to the third cliffhanger, in which the Fourth Doctor was apparently drowned.
The fact that she died on the anniversary of Doctor Who I’ve always thought was a great irony.
Unlike today’s usually Politically Correct “offenses” she was genuinely a true believer busybody who caused a lot of heartburn for TV producers back in the day. Though, Doctor Who Producer John Nathan-Turner used to say she added viewers if she complained about one the episodes.
Just enjoy it.
And doesn’t have the brain rot that anything with “Housewives of…” has to offer. 🙂
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