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Published on June 16th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Doctor Who: Children’s Show?

Comedy actor and QI host Stephen Fry has remarked in an interview that new television shows are aimed at children and less at adults, resulting in current drama being infantilised.

Doctor Who for kids? So says Stephen Fry.Fry was speaking at BAFTA, giving his annual TV lecture, where he commented:

“Infantilism is the problem. It’s just shocking. The only dramas the BBC will shout about are Doctor Who and Merlin. They are wonderful programmes, don’t get me wrong, but they are not for adults… its children’s TV. I’m not saying TV should be pompous and academic, but it should surprise and astonish and say there’s a world outside we know nothing of.”

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 don’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!

The full article can be found at the Telegraph online.


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3 Responses to Doctor Who: Children’s Show?

  1. avatar Rick714 says:

    Certain folks have a tough time recognizing that a show can appeal to the entire family and thinks that unless there’s nudity or an over abundance of violence, the show must *automatically* fall into the childrens category. Of course they’d be wrong, like Fry but ah well.

    Sarah Jane is aimed more toward children and even there, the whole family can enjoy the show.

  2. avatar Carn says:

    So the only show I truly can’t stand to miss is a children’s show? Meh, I’m ok with that. Don’t care if it’s childrens or adults (really Who is for all ages in my opinion), I just care whether I’ve been entertained by the programme I’ve just given however many minutes of my life to watching and even the lesser great episodes of Doctor Who have always done that so I keep watching it.

    I don’t put that much value into what Fry says these days though. While I enjoy a great deal of his work, both comedic, more serious or even his narration in LittleBigPlanet I do find some of his gadget-geekery (particularly of the Apple kind) somewhat tiresome.

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