Peter Davison: Doctor Who made me a gay icon

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 November 2013
Peter Davison

Peter Davison

Peter Davison says his starring role in 'Doctor Who' in the 1980s made him a gay icon to the show's substantial homosexual fan base

Peter Davison says his role in 'Doctor Who' made him a gay icon.

The actor played the Fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984 and he recalls attracting a lot of attention from gay fans when he was at the helm of the TARDIS.

When asked if landing the iconic role made him a sex symbol at the time, he said: "I'm not sure if I wasn't a gay icon actually. Yes I mean I suppose you do [become a sex symbol] a little bit. I wasn't really ever aware of it as that. But yeah you have admirers, whether they are female admirers who are after you I don't know. You do become to a certain extent a sex symbol because you are an iconic figure on the telly."

Peter believes the BBC sci-fi show has appealed to a homosexual audience because there are many parallels between the Time Lord's life and the experiences and feelings gay people might have, especially in the 1980s when homosexuality wasn't as readily accepted by society as it is now.

The 62-year-old actor told BANG Showbiz: " 'Doctor Who' does have - and all power to it - quite a big gay following. I don't know if that's because he's a bit of an outsider, I don't know what that particular appeal is, but just in terms of the fans that you meet along the way, as well as the straight ones there's a gay fandom, so that's fun.

"In those days it was more difficult to be in that situation and I think the fact the Doctor was something gay people could latch on to, as a slightly odd and out of place and not quite accepted character, and that had great appeal."

The show will celebrate its 50th anniversary on November 23 with feature-length episode 'The Day of the Doctor' - which will star current Doctor Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Billie Piper and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Peter recently hinted he will be involved in the special episode in some capacity, saying: "I'm making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can't reveal in what."

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