The BBC was under fire today after shelving its much anticipated 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who after it emerged that it featured portrayals of controversial former stars including Jimmy Savile.
It has been well established that the episode would star Matt Smith and David Tennant as incarnations of The Doctor, teaming up with John Hurt’s sinister incarnation of the Time Lord. However, it can now be revealed that it features a plot in which Hurt’s Doctor travels back to the 1970’s and conducts a bloody war against a number of controversial stars who have been charged under Operation Yewtree. Guest star Benedict Cumberbatch features as Savile, who appears as a wheel chair bound Davros-like figure commanding legions of other evil disc jockeys and TV presenters from the 1970s and 80s, in a quest to abuse the children of the planet Gallifrey.
A BBC press release issued only last week claimed that the episode would help to, “atone for some of the wrongs of the past”, adding “what could be a better way of celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who on the BBC than having our most popular character travelling in space and time tracking down these evil doers?”. However, a spokesperson for the victims of Savile described the move as “grossly insensitive”, and called for the episode to be pulled, along with the associated range of merchandise which includes an official board game in which players much escape the predatory Savile by running up the stairs.
Hurt’s version of the Doctor had been shrouded in mystery, but it appears that this “Yewtree Doctor” may now have to be written out of the timeline of the show. It is understood that writers are frantically working to re edit the Christmas Day episode, which is thought to contain scenes of new Doctor Peter Capaldi beating various ex-BBC presenters to death with his sonic screwdriver.
The BBC have now launched an investigation into how the programme got made in the first place, and a secondary investigation into how to best recycle 500,000 special edition ‘paedophile Dalek’ toys.
Millions of fans around the world will be shocked and disappointed that the 50th episode has been cancelled. It is understood that the BBC1 Saturday teatime slot this week will be filled by a highlights package of ‘The Best of It’s A Knockout’.