Published on June 16th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Doctor Who: Children’s Show?
Fry was speaking at BAFTA, giving his annual TV lecture, where he commented:
â€œInfantilism is the problem. Itâ€™s just shocking. The only dramas the BBC will shout about are Doctor Who and Merlin. They are wonderful programmes, donâ€™t get me wrong, but they are not for adults… its childrenâ€™s TV. Iâ€™m not saying TV should be pompous and academic, but it should surprise and astonish and say thereâ€™s a world outside we know nothing of.â€
Stephen went on to comment that the sooner the broadcasters realized that viewers were not all children, the better TV will be, times have changed and it is time to change with them.
In some ways Fry is right, television has taken a supply and demand turn in the wake of endless reality television shows with mindless characters interacting with a misguided generation but at the same time when shows such as Luther, Moses Jones and modern retellings of Shakespeare classics are being released you can hardly say that the broadcasters have been aiming solely at children.
Fry also commented on people, who complain about TV shows to the related supplier:
“The BBC cannot please all of the people all of the time, nor should it…If you get a bad olive in a tin of olives, even a whole bad tin of olives, you throw it away but you donâ€™t make that much of a fuss about it. But with the BBC we have this thing: I own it; I pay for it because I have a TV license. I would be shocked if all TV was what I liked. It would be weird.”
Fry starred as the Minister of Chance for the 2001 Doctor Who webcast drama Death Comes to Time. He was also due to write an episode for series 2 of the new series but has yet to deliver. Come on Stephen; show us how the broadcasters should do it!