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Complainant Name:
Colin Baker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Colin Baker, the actor who played The Sixth Doctor, complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article reporting allegations of a sex scandal involving a former producer and production manager of television show Doctor Who. The newspaper had published images of the complainant in character alongside the producer which, in his view, would have misled readers into believing he was in some way involved in the scandal in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

Resolution:

The newspaper explained that the text of the article set out the names of those at the centre of the allegations but acknowledged the complainant's concerns. The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification in print and online:

CLARIFICATION

An article headlined ‘Pervs' of Dr Who (25 March) stated that two gay Doctor Who chiefs preyed on teenage males. One was John Nathan-Turner, producer when Colin Baker played the Doctor. A photograph was used of both men. We would like to clarify that there is no suggestion that Mr Baker was involved with abuse claims.

Date Published: 09/05/2013



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