Doctor Who star Matt Smith has hit back over claims that the show is too sexualised.
Original director Waris Hussein was quoted as saying that ‘an element … of sexuality’ had crept into the sci-fi drama.
But Matt told the Daily Mirror: “I strongly disagree. Doctor Who is just rollocking good fun with the odd snog here and there.
“For sure, Karen (Gillan) is hot, so too Billie (Piper) and Jenna (Coleman), but is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.
“What’s he want us to do, put everyone in straitjackets?
“Look at the history of the show, there were women in Tarzanian outfits, were there not, back in the early days?”
Matt stars with Jenna and Billie in The Day Of The Doctor film, which also features David Tennant, to mark the show’s 50th anniversary.
Meanwhile, The Sun reports that show bosses have worked out how to keep Doctor Who running for another 50 years, despite the fact that he can only regenerate 12 times. It said that showrunner Steven Moffat has worked out a way in which the Time Lord will be offered a new cycle of regenerations in the festive special.
“This should be the first step on the next journey, guaranteeing the 100th anniversary,” he said.
Matt bows out of Doctor Who in the Christmas episode and Peter Capaldi will take over the TARDIS.