Is Doctor Who too scary for children now?

27 April 2010

Now that our excitement at meeting the new Doctor has waned and we’re free to focus on the shows storylines (rather than new assistant Amy’s hemlines) again, an age old debate has reared its head: is the show too scary for tea-time TV?
 
It was all very PG back in the seventies when baddies looked like they’ve been made by a Blue Peter presenter with a toilet roll tube and some tin foil scraps, but with today’s special effects (even the Daleks have had a make-over) the Doctor’s enemies have gone hard core.

How terrifying were the Weeping Angels? As adults we were tempted to hide behind the sofa, so should children really be watching this? The BBC has come under fire before, after one episode ‘The Unquiet Dead’ (in Billie Piper’s day) featured alien-possessed corpses. At the time they said ‘content was carefully considered’ for the pre-watershed audience. But has the new series taken things too far?

Maybe it’s just us being scaredy cats… Did you watch Doctor Who on Saturday night? Too scary for 6.20pm or just scary enough?
 
By Amy Molloy


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