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BBC confirm that the eleventh Doctor’s controversial ginger remark was meant to be a compliment.

He’s only had thirty seconds of screen time, but Matt Smith, the latest actor to take the lead role in the BBC’s Doctor Who, has created controversy.

With 143 people complaining about his “[I’m] Still not ginger” remark, the corporation have been forced to release a statement on the attitudes in the New Year’s Day episode:

We’ve received complaints from viewers who believed a line in the second part of Doctor Who: The End of Time was insulting to people with ginger hair.

BBC Response
We would like to reassure viewers that Doctor Who doesn’t have an anti ginger agenda whatsoever. This was a reprise of the line in the Christmas Invasion episode in 2005, when David Tennant discovers that he’s not ginger, and here he is, missing out again – disappointed he’s still not ginger.

In addition, the Doctor’s previous companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and his new one Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) are both redheads.

To be honest we here at Dust Towers can’t decide if Smith’s Doctor was upset or relieved at his lack of redness, but hey, if it keeps the popular show in the press, the BBC are going to add to the fire.

Care to make your own mind up?

Here’s Tennant’s frustration at not being ginger…


…and Smith’s continuing “still not ginger” exclamation.


The details of the complaints are on the BBC response section.


  1. thats pretty damn stupid, if you dont watch the show enough to recognize that the Doctor wants to be ginger, then dont say anything. How could you find “I’m still not ginger” insulting? retards

  2. I just think that this complaint is utterly stupid and pointless!

  3. wow,
    I thought, when the doctor said, he wasn’t ginger,
    I thought he was referring to being more “mary ann”, cute,
    than ‘ginger” stunningly sexy and beautiful/handsome

    I got a kick out of the doctor, worrying about his looks,
    I thought it was a funny vain

  4. Well I’m ginger, and I find it a AWESOME COMMENT! Like, The Doctor, who is damn awesome, wants to be like me… Ginger! I take it as a comment. Lolz.

  5. There is a reference from the 7th Doctor era to a possible future Doctor (number unknown) who is also known as Merlin. As he has been aware of this possibility since his seventh incarnation, in his later regenerations he may be anticipating regeneration into that described incarnation.

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