It would seem Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who is too much for 12 year olds to take, if the audiences for the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre at the Gilded Balloon are anything to go by.
Performing their sixth successive brand new show, Socks In Space, the Scottish Falsetto Socks have started including a short routine featuring Peter Capaldi's incarnation of The Doctor (see video clip) which they introduced on the night he was announced, the fifth night of their Edinburgh Fringe run. And it would seem The Doctor, in the style of The Thick Of It's Malcolm Tucker, is too strong for some members of their sellout crowds.
For the first time in 6 years at Edinburgh, the Socks have received a complaint. Not one complaint, but three in fact. All protesting that the language in the show was too strong for the 12 year olds that had been taken to see them (the show is advertised for ages 12 and over and is on at 10.15 at night).
So, to conform with their 12A rating, the Scottish Falsetto Socks will now be removing the Peter Capaldi routine from the show. At less than a minute long, it leaves 59 minutes of sci-fi themed comedy which is almost entirely free of strong language and still manages to tackle every genre of sci fi from Star Trek to Star Wars via Alien, The Avengers, Gerry Anderson and dozens more.
Anyone wishing to catch the Socks' not-safe-for-work take on Peter Capaldi's Doctor can see it here on Youtube.
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre In Space, 10.15pm July 31st - Aug 25th at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2013.
"A must see show yet again" ★★★★★ 5 stars York Mix
"Some of the finest-written and performed (comedy) on the Fringe" ★★★★ 4 stars Edinburgh Spotlight
"The unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" ★★★★★ 5 stars Venue (Bath preview)
"Brilliant night of entertainment" ★★★★ 4 stars The Fiction Stroker (Manchester preview)
"Will have you literally laughing your socks off' ★★★★ 4 stars The Public Reviews (Warwick Arts preview)
"Gloriously anarchic act" ★★★★ 4 stars Latest 7 (Brighton preview)
"My face hurt from smiling" ★★★★ 4 stars Broadway Baby (Brighton preview)