Why Dr. Who is so fuckin’ awesome

Oh the nights I’ve spent watching the Doctor hurtle through time and space. I was never quite sure how to explain what makes that series so awesome. Here are a few bits from an i09 interview with the wonderful Steven Moffat which go a long way towards explaining that

It’s aimed at kids and adults. And why should anyone care about this? If you watch it, then it’s for you. It shouldn’t matter. I mean the specific thing about it being a children’s program, is that it follows the imperatives and narrative rules and the joy of children’s fiction

and

It’s naughty… It’s all fear. death and screaming women. It’s innocent people being melted in the first 5 minutes of every episode. […] We’re very happy they watch it [but] every single one of them would enjoy it more if they watched it with an eight-year-old.

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8 thoughts on “Why Dr. Who is so fuckin’ awesome

  1. If I do, I usually complain a little about the exceeding length of your reviews. Why is this such a short comment? What about a real Doctor Who review? Torchwood?

    • Its politics and values are very conservative, almost reactionary. Weird in SF, like Heinlein. I like it too much to write a review where I would have needed to point this out.

  2. That is an extraordinary observation!
    Are we talking about the whole amount of Doctors? Or only the “new” 9th and 10th by Russell T Davies?
    I never noticed the conservative values of the new Doctor series – apart from a faint notion when I realised what kind of music was used for emotional situations (people stuck in their cars for years – Gridlock; The TARDIS pulling earth back home – Journey’s End).
    Now you just have to do this detailed review!! a chance to show that nothing is perfect, and nevertheless likeable!

    • What? I thought that was obvious. I asked a friend, after reading this, whether she thought it would make a good talk and she said no, it’s too obvious. huh.

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