This clip was considered really violent in the 1970’s at the time it was broadcast. It was considered controversial by Mary Whitehouse and the National Viewers and Listeners Association. It is a clip from the Tom Baker era of ‘Doctor Who’ from a serial entitled ‘The Deadly Assassin’.
This is the first stranglation clip from ‘Doctor Who’ in the 1970’s in the Tom Baker era from a story called ‘The Robots of Death’. It’s an example of the kind of violent content that Mary Whitehouse and the National Viewers and Listeners Association were complaining about.
‘Doctor Who’ first aired on 23rd November 1963. Another version of it’s pilot episode (‘An Unearthly Child’) was shown the following week due to not many viewers watching it’s orignal transmission due to them watching the news about President Kennedy being assassinated. The ‘Doctor Who’ program itself was interrupted at one point to, and this was to broadcast yet more news coverage on the Kennedy assassination.