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First Dr Who director says show is now too sexy

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman share an on-screen attraction. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The man who first brought Doctor Who to British screens has criticised the current series for being too sexy.

Waris Hussein, who directed the first episodes of the long-running science fiction show when it began in 1963, said he has been unimpressed by Jenna-Louise Coleman's character's romantic relationship with Matt Smith's version of the Time Lord.

"There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in," he told BBC Radio 4's The Reunion.

"The intriguing thing about the original person was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him," he added. "Now we've just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion, she actually snogged him."

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Daleks head for Westminster, traffic delayed

Daleks spotted on Westminster Bridge. Credit: Jenny Reeves

Of all the strange reasons for transport delays - freak snowstorms, the wrong kind of leaves, stray pets - a moving fleet of genetically modified robotic mechanical shells is not usually one of them.

But Transport for London tweeted today: "The filming of Doctor Who has finished at Westminster Bridge, the Daleks are in the process of being removed."

If an invasion of London has begun, the authorities can't be accused of over-reacting.

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