A writer for Doctor Who Magazine has been fired after sneaking an offensive message into the publication’s latest edition, according to The Mirror.
The Mirror on Wednesday that actor Nicholas Pegg also works on the titular BBC television series the magazine covers.
Pegg included a coded message in his latest article attacking BBC Worldwide, which distributes "Doctor Who," and Panini, which publishes the science fiction series’ magazine.
“Panini and BBC Worldwide are c---s,” the first letter of each sentence in Pegg’s column under the pen-name “The Watcher” reads.
The Mirror reported that the digital version of the page has been altered and that Pegg will not be returning as either an actor or writer for the "Doctor Who" franchise.
“The matter was raised with the publisher who have dismissed the writer,” a BBC Worldwide spokesperson said.
The rationale for Pegg’s message remains unclear, but some "Doctor Who" fans have since speculated he was angered by a decision not to release an unaired serial from the show.
Pegg titled his column “the page that is not something to be shuffled off onto some stray boffin.”
“If you look hard enough there is always something hidden in plain sight,” the column adds at the end.
Pegg has served as an operator portraying the Daleks, an extraterrestrial race of mutants who serve as one of the major antagonists on "Doctor Who."
The Mirror reported that Pegg was not due to be involved in the next series of the program despite working with the Daleks since 2005.
The upcoming edition of "Doctor Who" stars actress Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, the first time a woman has played the popular hero.
Whittaker will replace actor Peter Capaldi, making her the 13th person to portray the protagonist.