Doctor Who Still “Cult”?

Digital Spy have listed Doctor Who in their list of “cult” shows for 2010 – with the Steven Moffat/Matt Smith era of the show listed alongside other BBC favourites Survivors and Ashes to Ashes.

Lining up alongside Being Human, Heroes, Lost, 24 – shows that can realistically be described as “cult” in the UK due to their low but loyal audience figures – Doctor Who and the other BBC One shows illustrate just how meaningless the term has become…

The eagerly awaited Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who properly kicks off in the Spring, with Matt Smith in the title role and Karen Gillan donning an array of short skirts as companion Amy Pond. The return of the Weeping Angels and River Song is extremely exciting, while the Daleks are set to meet Winston Churchill, and Vincent Van Gogh will be hooking up with the time travellers. We’ll also find out whether writing legend Richard Curtis can cut it in the Whoniverse. But whatever you do, don’t blink…

It’s short, it’s sweet – but it kind of forgets about the fact that people from every age group will be watching, as opposed to teenagers tuning in to BBC Two/Three or Channel 4, etc. while their parents are out.

Doctor Who hasn’t been “cult” for 5 years now – sure, fans are fiercely loyal and committed (and argumentative) but it seems that for everything RTD did in breathing new life into Doctor Who, the label remains…

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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