Doctor Who and Torchwood praised in study of GLBT in media

The Eleventh Doctor

A new BBC study on the portrayal of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people on British television praises Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Adventures for their inclusion and presentation of GLBT characters issues.

In the report, anti-hate crime charity Galop noted, “Doctor Who quite often has a gay character in it but it isn’t always an issue or the plotline.”  Galop goes on to say that gay characters and themes in Doctor Who are “just incidental, which has been quite nice.”

Audience members who participated in the study praised former showrunner and head writer Russell T Davies, while also stressing that lesbian characters are invisible to nonexistent on British television.

What’s your opinion?  How do you feel GLBT characters are portrayed on Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures?  Is it too much, about right, or not enough?  Leave your feedback in the comments.

Daniel Lestarjette

Daniel is the owner and Managing Editor of Time and The – !. He's been a fan of Doctor Who since watching Tom Baker regenerate into Peter Davison on his local PBS station as a kid. He launched Time and The – ! in 2011 after having the bright (?) idea to watch every Doctor Who story from the beginning and blog about it. (Yeah, he's way behind.)

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