Peter Davison, best known for his 1980s role as the fifth Doctor in the iconic British series “Doctor Who,” said that he believes the part made him a “gay icon.”
In an interview with the Radio Times, when asked if the role, which he held from 1981 to 1984, made him a sex symbol, Davison said that he was more like “a gay icon, actually.”
The Doctor may appear to be human, but he isn’t; as the last of the Time Lords, the Doctor is known for being a perpetual outsider, which may have been a large part of its appeal to the LGBT community at a time when it was even less safe to be out.
“Doctor Who does have—and all power to it—quite a big gay following,” Davison said. “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 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 Doctor was something [LGBT people] could latch on to, as a slightly odd and out of place and not-quite-accepted character, and that had great appeal for them.”
The “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of the Doctor,” will air all over the world on Saturday, November 23; it will also be shown in theaters at select locations for a very limited time. Series 8 of the show will air sometime in 2014.