EastEnders viewers were left shocked over Dot Branning’s gay marriage comments as her old pal returned to the soap.
Dot, played by June Brown, told openly gay Sonia Fowler that she would not be attending the wedding of her longtime friend Colin Russell, who is gay.
Dot said: “I’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding. I can’t go. I want to go but it isn’t right. They shouldn’t be getting married.”
She added: “Look I got an invitation and I thought about it and I decided no and I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”
Colin then showed up and declared that he planned to escort Dot to the wedding, telling her: “Hello Dot. I had a feeling you might not turn up unless I came for you.”
Shut up Dot #EastEnders— Vicki Lawson (@vicki_lawson5) September 8, 2016
I fully expect Colin to turn up tonight to tell Dot, 'You were right, being gay is a sin and I've given myself to the Lord'. #EastEnders— Gareth Roberts QC (disbarred) 🏁 (@OldRoberts953) September 8, 2016
Really touching that Dot Cotton and Patrick Trueman discuss homophobia and hate crime on #EastEnders— Nia Wyn (@niawynmusic) August 6, 2016
Some fans think there might be a storyline in the works in which Dot changes her ways.
Some viewers speculated this was leading up to a story about Dot’s mental health.
Oh poo, Dot has been given the Alzheimer storyline hasn't she? It's gonna be a tough year ahead on #Eastenders— Dracvlad Mermurph (@D1Smurphy) September 8, 2016
Has Dot got dementia? #EastEnders— Captain Jamison (@AllHailKatanda) September 8, 2016
Other viewers were just delighted by the return of Lord Cashman to the soap.
EastEnders airs on BBC One.