Doctor Condemned, Ratings Extolled
Seems that Christmas entertainment is not without its controversy even in an officially Christian country like the UK.
On the heels of the massive ratings success of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, "Voyage of the Damned," which garnered a 50% share of the total British TV audience (increasing to 55% at its peak), an obscure group with way too much un-Christ-like anger (think the UK equivalent of crazy Bill Dohonue’s Catholic League) has complained about the portrayal of the Doctor as a savior figure as "completely inappropriate." Why this complaint wasn’t lodged at the end of Series Three (see photo) is beyond me.
In addition, Millvina Dean, the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster, criticized the episode sight-unseen, saying "I think it is disrespectful to make entertainment of such a tragedy." No word on whether she made the same complaint to James Cameron a few years back.