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Doctor Who: For Kids?

A talking pig has re-opened the age old debate of whether or not Doctor Who is a children’s programme. Peppa Pig, the 2-D pig and pawn of the Labour Party, has brought home the merchandising bacon to the tune of £200 million- taking over the obviously delayed-at-the-signals Thomas the Tank Engine.

This news has led The Daily Telegraph to bundle together the longest running children’s shows with Doctor Who sitting pretty at number 7- so how comfortable are you with your favourite show lining up against shows like The Sooty Show and Rainbow?

The debate over whether or not Doctor Who is an actual children’s programme rather than a drama programme aimed at children like others on the list, such as Grange Hill, recently came to ahead when Stephen Fry stoked nerd flames of hate by highlighting Doctor Who for being one of the reasons TV had sunk into ‘Infantilism’

One the one hand Fry acknowledged was that Doctor Who was a well written, children’s programme but again the term ‘children’s programme’ is misleading. The show has never been produced by the children’s department at the BBC and throughout its run has introduced both the real world and a myriad of complex sci-fi ideas into tea time living rooms.

Perhaps it’s the fans’ problem; maybe we take these labels and attach a perceived negative connotation based on our love of the show, both in adulthood and during our youth, and perhaps we shouldn’t take these arguments so seriously – something that Mitchell and Webb star David Mitchell, poked fun at recently.

So, where do you lie on this argument? Does it matter that it shares similar accolades with The Sooty Show?

(via The Daily Telegraph)


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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