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Published on April 22nd, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

The Time Lord Peril?

China has reportedly let loose on its latest “thorn in its side”, the concept of time travel on television!

The “attack” comes after China’s government administrator or radio and television claimed that TV programmes that use time travel were “frivolous” in how they looked at history – something that has been considered to be a verbal warning that may lead to an official ban.

Wow. That’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 they’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 doesn’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, that’s right, it’s a film and although inaccurate we can forgive that because it entertains us.

We know that Queen Victoria didn’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 we’re watching serves its primary function to entertain us. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it!

Calm down, China, it’s only a story!


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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

3 Responses to The Time Lord Peril?

  1. avatar Carn says:

    Doctor Who is REAL dammit. Everything shown in it actually happened!

    Anyways yeah I saw this about a week ago and it’s ridiculous ain’t it? Seems a bit harsh to be denied some of the most entertaining tv shows and movies ever just cos of that.

  2. avatar ChrisL says:

    Ok this is where I put on my pedant’s hat and annoy everybody by pointing out that Charles Dickens met The Gelth in Cardiff not London.

    Ok, move along now, nothing to see here…

    • avatar Carn says:

      truly true.

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