23rd December 2007
By Ciaran Hannah
DOCTOR Who boss Russell T. Davies has sparked a storm after suggesting Adolf Hitler would have been perfect for the leading role.
The producer and writer has been credited with being the saviour of Saturday night telly on BBC1 after recreating the sci-fi show.
But the straight-talking 44-year-old stunned an audience of fans – including young children – when he suggested Nazi leader Hitler would be his ideal person to play the Timelord.
Asked who from the past or present he would most have liked to see play the role, he replied: “Hitler. He was stern and strong. He would be great.”
Russell was speaking after a preview screening of the show’s Christmas special, Doctor Who: Voyage Of The Damned.
The answer was meant to be a joke, which did spark a small amount of laughter from some of the audience. But others were horrified, thinking the gag had been in bad taste.
One disgruntled fan said: “He may have said it tongue in cheek but there are some things you just don’t joke about.
“Hilter carried out some of the world’s worst atrocities. He ordered the killing of millions of innocent people and I don’t want my kids thinking Hitler and Doctor Who are in any way the same.”
Even current Doctor Who David Tennant, 36, seemed slightly stunned by Russell’s answer. And when he was asked the same question, he seemed almost speechless as he declined to answer.
The BBC was unavailable for comment. It is not the first time Russell has sparked controversy. In 1999 right-wing groups tried to ban his controversial Channel 4 drama Queer As Folk due to its explicit and graphic sexual content.
He is regarded as one of the top TV writers and producers in Britain. And in May 2007 the Independent on Sunday Pink List named him the most influential gay person in Britain.
Following the Christmas Day special, a 13-part series will kick off in the spring.
Speaking about the series, Russell said: “Billie Piper is coming back but that’s towards the end of the next series.
“At the beginning of the next series we’ve got Catherine Tate coming back as Donna. She’s in all 13 episodes.
“The meeting of Catherine Tate and David Tennant is one of the most glorious things we’ve ever filmed.
“Last time she was offered a chance to go round in the Tardis she turned it down, so it’s interesting to see what has changed.”
Poor David! Russell is his boss and Hitler is a very touchy subject with a lot of people. Talk about being caught in the middle. It sounds like he handled it pretty well.
Russell needs to think more before he speaks. I don't even see where this answer is the slightest bit funny.
I found this article at Daily Star Sunday.