Doctor Who Nightmares

A so-called “study” of 3000 parents with children under 7 has concluded that 70% of these children experience bad dreams from watching TV shows, and that Doctor Who and ITV’s Primeval should be shown after the watershed!

It was with utter disbelief that I read the article in The Telegraph, who say that some parents find Doctor Who too dark and sinister for their little ones.

Is it me? Or is Doctor Who aired at 7pm or thereabouts, a time by which any 7 year old should be pushing Zs?

A spokeswoman for, which conducted the poll said: “All children suffer from nightmares at some point during childhood.

“But there is no doubt that viewing unnecessary violence and hostility on television contributes to this.

“There is a great uncertainty about what to allow children to watch – on the one hand you want them to be accepted by their peers and be able to join in conversations, but on the other you want to protect them from growing up too fast and suffering with nightmares.”

The nanny state is alive and well, and breathing in the shape of pointless timewasters like and other “lobbyists”.

I regularly experienced bad dreams as a child following watching TV shows and playing videogames, and they were some of the most thrilling adventures you could imagine, making no sense at all and pitting me against the Master more often than not.

By mollycoddling our offspring in this way, we’re building a generation of invertebrate cowards too afraid to leave the house.

(NB there is no suggestion that Blink or any other specific episode of Doctor Who is to blame)

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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