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Viewers reward Physician Who for ‘masterful’ same-sex kiss in historic first for sequence

Physician Who followers celebrated a groundbreaking new milestone within the present’s 60-year historical past, because the BBC sci-fi sequence aired its first ever romantic same-sex kiss.

The brand new period of the programme kicked off final month, with Ncuti Gatwa totally moving into the sneakers of the fifteenth Physician. The Intercourse Training and Barbie star bagged the position in 2022, changing into the primary Black actor to painting the supernatural time-traveller.

On Saturday’s Bridgerton-themed episode (8 June), the Physician falls for a dashing anti-hero named Rogue (Jonathan Groff) after an evening of flirting and ballroom dancing.

They share a brief kiss earlier than a shock twist as Rogue whispers “Discover me”, earlier than disappearing into the void.

Though the present has featured same-sex kisses prior to now, it marks the primary time that the Physician has shared a romantic kiss with a male love curiosity, because the present first aired in 1963.

Followers celebrated the landmark as they referred to as the transfer “masterful”.

“God if I had seen the Physician kiss a bloke after I was 14 it will have made a hell of a distinction,” wrote one individual. “To assume that this present is watched by 14-year-olds within the closet now could be masterful. What a present.”

“What nice chemistry between Ncuti Gatwa and Jonathan Groff,” wrote one other.

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The kiss comes throughout Satisfaction month and the coincidence was not misplaced on some.

“Pleased Satisfaction! We bought a homosexual kiss,” celebrated one viewer on X/Twitter.

Physician Who has lengthy been a cultural touchstone for individuals within the queer neighborhood for generations, with some pointing to the pliability within the Physician’s age, gender and bodily type as proof of the character’s important queerness.

The present has additionally featured a number of characters and actors from throughout the LGBTQ spectrum over time, together with trans Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney, who performed Rose Noble in final 12 months’s specials, and non-binary performer and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars champion Jinkx Monsoon, who performed the personification of music, “the Maestro”, earlier within the season.

In addition to Yaz, queer characters within the present have included the lesbian Victorian married couple Jenny Flint and Madame Vastra (Catrin Stewart and Neve McIntosh) , and pansexual Torchwood agent Jack Harkness (John Barrowman).

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Gatwa topped The Unbiased’s 2024 Satisfaction Checklist as he broke limitations along with his position because the Physician. The actor shouldn’t be solely the primary individual of color to play the half within the present’s historical past, but additionally the primary brazenly queer individual to take action.

His starring position gave visibility to queer individuals of color, marking a pivotal second within the TV present because it celebrated its sixtieth birthday. Gatwa has additionally used his platform to criticise the federal government’s anti-trans rhetoric. He stated trans individuals have been used as a scapegoat, and brazenly attacking trans individuals is being normalised, resulting in a rise in hate crimes in opposition to the trans neighborhood.

Physician Who airs on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One. It’s obtainable now on BBC iPlayer.

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