Published on May 5th, 2010 | by Chris Davids
Pratchett on Who
Wildly successful fantasy author Terry Pratchett has spoken out on the subject of Doctor Who in a recent guest blog on the SFX website, describing the show as “ludicrous”.
Promoting his “guest edit” of SFX #196, Pratchett – whose most recent Discworld book Unseen Academicals is hilarious – points out various failings of Doctor Who, particularly since its return in 2005.
Itâ€™s a law â€“ well at least a guideline â€“ in writing plays that if somebody is going to be killed with an axe in the third act, then the axe should be visible hanging on the wall in the first act, and, for the hard of thinking, should be the subject of a line of dialogue that would go something like â€œyou shouldnâ€™t leave that around, it could do someone a mischief.â€
The unexpected, unadvertised solution which kisses it all better is known as a deus ex machina… I donâ€™t know about you, but I donâ€™t think I would dare try to jump-start a spaceship that looks like the Titanic by diving it into the atmosphereâ€¦ but I have to forgive the Doctor that, because it was hilariously funny
This is just the tip of the iceberg on a superb critique of the series from 2005-2010 (some is still relevant, but clearly the piece was written before The Eleventh Hour aired) which covers issues such as Adipose, World War One, The Empty Child and the idea of moving the show to Sundays to account for all of the Messianic posturing.
A great read – head over to SFX now!