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Comic Disses Grown Up Who Fans

Popular comic David Mitchell – one half of Mitchell & Webb, and a star of Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show – has has criticised Doctor Who, claiming that it has forgotten it is a kid’s show.

Mitchell – a popular panel show guest whose weekly diatribes on BBC One’s Friday evening show Would I Lie To You? cause much mirth – seems to have been in the middle of one of his famous rants when he let fire with the following.

“My parents never watched Doctor Who – it wouldn’t have occurred to them to do so,” said Mitchell.

“They might have been fond of it, they might have said, ‘Oh yes, I used to watch that as a child’. What they wouldn’t go on to say was ‘…and I still do now.'” He added: “These days, a huge amount of stuff seems to be aimed at children, but with the assumption that adults – and not just parents – will consume it too.”

So, it would seem that David Mitchell isn’t a fan of either Matt Smith or Karen Gillan, never mind Steven Moffat, who like his predecessor and the broadcaster that produces the show, rightly describes Doctor Who as “family television”.

Doctor Who has always been family television – it has never been produced by any BBC children’s department, and principal casting has been conducted to appeal to adults. Storylines, particularly in the 1970s and 200s have been laced with adult references from politics to sex, and the series has been responsible for introducing mature sci-fi concepts to the masses.

Something that Blue Peter, The Tweenies and Grange Hill have singularly failed to do.

Perhaps there is a weird psychological reason that some so-called grown ups don’t like Doctor Who, or Harry Potter, or Toy Story, or The Simpsons…?

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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