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Published on June 22nd, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

Top Ten! Or Not…

Okay, perhaps it didn’t exactly make the list.  But the Doctor Who franchise did receive an honourable mention from the Australian PC Authority in its analysis of what it calls the Top Ten Geek Entertainment Franchises!

Doctor Who - no longer low budget.Although, perhaps the series shouldn’t have even been brought up, because it ended up being the target of various backhanded compliments, such as:

“Well, you don’t run for more than a quarter of a century unless you’re doing something right. Personally I’m not much of a fan, but I imagine that had I grown up in the heyday of Dr. Who I would have much more of an appreciation for the show.”

First off, as any Whovian could tell you, the franchise – which is what they’re supposed to be discussing, not just the television series – has been around for nearly half a century.  These writers are making Doctor Who sound as if it began with Colin Baker!

Furthermore, they don’t seem to have actually seen the show in years:

“More than one IT journalist has written scripts for the show and it still displays a great British theme to TV, doing special effects with no budget. An example of this is memory paper, which shows up on screen as a blank piece of paper but in the mind of the viewer is whatever they want to see.”

Not to be picky, you PC Authority lot, but it’s called psychic paper!  They also seem to think that Doctor Who was in production during the final decade of the twentieth century:

“The show went from bad to worse in the 1990s but was saved by the introduction of fanboy Russell Davies who, after graduating from Queer as Folk, bought a bit of modern thinking to Dr. Who.”

Considering there was only one canonical televised story in those ten years, I’d say the programme, in actuality, went from not-terrible-but-could-be-better to nonexistent.  But all this Doctor Who anti-complimenting does have an explanation; one of the writers all but admits that he and his co-worker only gave Who the honourable mention because their boss made them do it:

“As the Brit in the office I drew the short straw and got Doctor Who. Personally I hate the show, it shows all the set design skills of Blake’s Seven without the excellent plot.”

Without the excellent plot? Apparently he hasn’t been exposed to the Grand Moff (and what is this “Blake’s Seven” of which they speak? – Ed).

Oh, and as a side note, why was Star Trek awarded the number-one slot on this list of top geek franchises but Doctor Who merely given a nod?  Clearly, the Australian PC Authority has everything backwards.


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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

2 Responses to Top Ten! Or Not…

  1. avatar cjthornby says:

    PC Authority is an example of a self-appointed title… It is more of an aspiration than reality!

  2. avatar Carn says:

    They really have no idea what they’re talking about do they? They can’t even get a few details right. But I can’t take a chart with Halo in it seriously anyways cos I truly loathe those games (actually I can’t stand first person shooter games at all) but the hype of the first Halo is why I bought an Xbox, and playing it was one of several reasons why I sold the Xbox and bought a PS2 instead.

    And the only Star Trek I enjoyed was The Next Generation, probably cos that’s the one I grew up with but I really liked the characters in that far more than the others. The recent movie didn’t do much for me either. The guy who played McCoy was very good though.

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