Bill P. Godfrey et al

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Its a kids show!

"Deano" raised an interesting issue, just now, in response to my article on today's Doctor Who episode.
I hate to say this in umtv Bill, but isn't Dr Who a children's programme? It's like the opposite of Battlestar Galactica which is the only sci-fi show I think is geared for those who have outgrown lasers and join the dots storylines.
-- Deano
When the revival of Doctor Who was announced, I was surprised to see it described as children's show. When I was younger and actually watching the classic series, I never thought of it like that.

Children's television were zany cartoons, dramas about children raised by single parents, tame comedy shows and Grange Hill. Doctor Who was none of these.

(By the way, I never really got Grange Hill. It was nothing like any school I ever attended. If Mr Bronson turned out to be Sutekh the Destroyer in disguise, I would not have been at all surprised.)

I had never seen the William Hartnell era with the more overt educational trips into history. By the time I started watching (near the end of Tom Baker's turn) as far as I was concerned it was just a pure drama show.

Next week, an analysis of The Flumps, which I'm sure was a serious documentary series.


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