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Sex & Nudity

  • Sex: Very occasional super light references at most (less than once per season - if at all.) What little happens is off-screen. One of the Doctor's companions, Jack Harkness, is "omnisexual", i.e. he'll flirt with / hit on anyone: male, female, or other; human or alien. He's not pushy about it.
  • Nudity: Some by implication; little shown. In one Season-1 episode, "Bad Wolf", Harkness is zapped by a "defabricator" ray on a far-future TV fashion show, which disintegrates all of his clothing. He is shown from behind down to the top of the buttocks, and full-body from the front with the defabricator device blocking view of his genitals.

Violence & Gore

  • A lot of the violence is offscreen however, it can be very disturbing as there are often gruesome sound effects eg. Bones cracking
  • Not a whole lot of violence, and what is seen in terms of death is quick and bloodless.


  • Mild to moderate language. Many uses of "damn" and "hell," some uses of "bloody" Series 10 has some uses of "arse" Series 10 Episode 6, Extremis, has quite a few uses of both "arse" and "ass". 2 uses of "bitch" 1 use of "goddamnit" and "cock" Also there is an unfinished use of "shit" in Series 10 Episode 3, Bill says: No sh- Then it cuts to a new scene.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • In a season 3 episode, there are lots of references to 'mood' patches. They are supposed to be like drugs. Some of these patches are seen stuck to people's skin.
  • Alcohol consumption and smoking due to some historic set stories. Science fiction drugs are featured.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A lot of the monsters have very creepy designs and are presented in a disturbing way which may frighten younger viewers
  • The episode Extremis has many suicide references, and one off screen but audible suicide. Season 8+ episodes are rated higher, realising the audience is mostly long time followers (i.e. getting older) more adult approach has been taken. (As mentioned above including a few more deaths, but no where near the gore of US TV... deaths are instant & bloodless, sex is still barely, if at all there, zero nudity).
  • The previous Doctor Who (1963) series originated the "Behind the sofa" trope of children watching scary scenes from a place in the room where they felt safe. The current series can be more intense than the previous series, with more realistic special effects and more time devoted to building atmosphere.

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