Hit BBC sci-fi series, Doctor Who, has been accused of killing off a new gay character 25 seconds after he appeared on screen.
Fans of the global hit series watched with glee as a new gay character appeared during the New Year’s Day special, Resolution.
Actor, Connor Calland, played Richard, a gay security guard who is asked who can open a fingerprint-controlled door? He replies: ‘Today, just me. Most secure digits in Yorkshire. That’s what I tell my boyfriend, anyway. I probably shouldn’t be telling you that, I’m new at this.’
Gay character gone in 30 seconds
Seconds later, the character’s dead body is being dragged away.
Despite the show having a strong backlog of LGBTI representation, many fans were left in anguish at possibly the fastest killing-off of a gay character in TV history.
One fan, @Samantha_Claus, was clearly unimpressed by the show’s producers, writing on Twitter : ‘Thank you for showing how ugly your soul is and what you really think of us.’
Thank you for showing how ugly your soul is and what you really think of us.
— The Bacca That Chews 🙊 (@Samantha_Clause) January 2, 2019
Another fan, @DEJ_Howl_LB, took to sarcasm with his Twitter response to the show: ‘A Way to #BuryYourGays this #NYE. Can’t have pesky gays trans or queers running around expecting acceptance from strangers now can we?
— 🦉Dave’s Holiday Hootenanny🏳️🌈 (@DEJ_Howl_LB) January 2, 2019
And @theguyliner wrote on Twitter: ‘Murdered a gay guy within 10 seconds of his introduction. Is that a record?’
— Justin Myers (@theguyliner) January 1, 2019
Doctor Who has legions of LGBTI fans around the world. The current Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, is the first ever female to take the lead role.
Producers told fans that the latest series would include characters from across the LGBTI spectrum, before the new series aired.
The previous series also featured a lesbian sidekick to the time-travelling Doctor, in actor Pearl Mackie’s played character Bill.
As ever, with the Doctor, we should expect the unexpected, even if that means some LGBTI characters have fairly short lifespans.