Published on April 22nd, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
The Time Lord Peril?
The â€œattackâ€ comes after Chinaâ€™s government administrator or radio and television claimed that TV programmes that use time travel were â€œfrivolousâ€ in how they looked at history – something that has been considered to be a verbal warning that may lead to an official ban.
Wow. Thatâ€™s the major worry for the massive state at the moment. Not the threat of war, or nuclear extinction or Hilary Clinton getting her trigger happy finger on the button in America. No, instead theyâ€™ve come to the conclusion that a television show that deals with concepts of Time Wars and Dalek invasion fleets should be the focus of a serious examination.
Television shows and films that indulge in the concept of time travel are escapism at best and clearly not produced to create a negative angle such as this one. While this governor is at it, why doesnâ€™t he look into films that have ludicrously changed historical events to suit a script like U571, the movie that claims the American army captured the Enigma Code machine that helped win World War 2 when it was actually the British.
Oh wait, thatâ€™s right, itâ€™s a film and although inaccurate we can forgive that because it entertains us.
We know that Queen Victoria didnâ€™t encounter a werewolf in Scotland (probably) or that Winston Churchill encountered the Daleks during World War 2 (maybe) or even that Charles Dickens encountered the conniving Gelth in London shortly before he died (ok, that one could have happened. What? It could!) but as an audience we can overlook that as long as what weâ€™re watching serves its primary function to entertain us. If you donâ€™t like it, donâ€™t watch it!