Saturday, April 10, 2010

All The Doctor's Companions

All The Doctor's Companions

Last Saturday was the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who. Well, across the pound that is. I'll rub it in once more that BBC America doesn't get it till next week. Ha! Good luck waiting that week, I'll be enjoying tonight's episode in a couple of hours!

Any how, if you aren't lucky enough to catch a BBC version of it then you'll get caught up in the following week, but perhaps you should pay some attention to the new companion that is tagging along The Doctor as she's already making some controversy for what she's wearing.

You see, Amy Pond is too damn sexy!

He's spent hundreds of years traveling the universe with rather tomboyish companions by his side.

But when Doctor Who returned to our TV screens on Saturday night, the Time Lord was joined by a new sidekick - a kissogram with an almost non-existent mini-skirt.

The revealing outfit prompted a flood of comments on online message boards, with a section of fans accusing producers of 'shamelessly sexing up' the long-running family show and labeling it 'slutty'.

The reaction threatened to overshadow Matt Smith's well-received debut as the Doctor after taking over from David Tennant. Some 8.3million viewers tuned in. New companion Amy Pond, played by 22-year- old former model Karen Gillan, first appeared on screen in a policewoman's outfit with a tiny skirt. In one scene her character tells the Doctor that her kissogram repertoire also includes nuns and nurses' outfits.

And in another, she watches as the Doctor completely undresses in front of her while getting changed.

As he strips off, Amy's fiance Rory asks: 'Aren't you going to turn your back?' to which she replies, 'No', while running her eyes over the naked Doctor (though viewers saw him only from the waist up).

It was even more surprising given the rather conservative attire worn by actresses who have played the Doctor's companion in the past, including Bonnie Langford and Elisabeth Sladen.

Even her more recent predecessor, former pop star Billie Piper, covered up for the part, preferring hoodies and jeans - although fans with longer memories will recall leggy Leela, played by Louise Jameson in a skimpy animal skin costume, or Peri (Nicola Bryant), who made her debut in a pink bikini.

But Miss Gillan defended the decision to dress in a mini skirt, saying: 'I tried on different things and when it came to the short skirts, I just thought it was right. I mean, look down most high streets and girls Amy's age wear that. It's not that weird. 'Short skirts show that Amy is confident and comfortable about her look. You have to have confidence to wear something like that.'

Doctor Who's executive producer Piers Wenger said that Steven Moffat, the series' new boss and chief writer, had wanted a sexier companion for the Doctor. He said: 'The whole kissogram thing played into Steven's desire for the companion to be feisty and outspoken and a bit of a number.

Amy is probably the wildest companion that the Doctor has traveled with, but she isn't promiscuous.

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