Is Doctor Who Too Scary?

Doctor Who returned to our screens recently, but are the new storylines just too scary for our kids? Has Executive Producer Steven Moffat gone too far with the hit TV series? Or is it just the way it should be: an audience cowering behind cushions and sofas at the mysterious and terrifying creatures on the screen?

Doctor Who returned to our screens recently, but are the new storylines just too scary for our kids? Has Executive Producer Steven Moffat gone too far with the hit TV series? Or is it just the way it should be: an audience cowering behind cushions and sofas at the mysterious and terrifying creatures on the screen?

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The revamped Doctor Who features Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond, but early figures for the second episode of the series suggest that over one million viewers have been turned off the show.

The second episode secured 5.39 million viewers (down 1.01 million on the week before). Overnight figures were down by almost 1.5 million on the equivalent episode in last year’s series, although ratings released earlier this week suggest that the final total audience was 8.86 million. The apparent downturn in popularity had led to doubts among some avid viewers over the plotlines being pursued by Steven Moffat. As some fans have begun to worry that the programme is no longer suitable for family viewing (some countries only show the series after the ‘watershed’ already, deeming it an adult show- shown later in the day that spin-off Torchwood).

The incident that seems to have caused most concern within the series is within the first episode of the new series in which one of The Silent kills a member of the White House staff point blank in the restroom. This has raised some debate as to whether such as scene should be televised at 6pm.

But is Doctor Who not about fear? Has it not always been terrifying? Do many people not associate Doctor Who with hiding behind a cushion from whatever alien threat the Doctor and his companion face each week?

Steven Moffat himself says: “Children absolutely rank ‘Doctor Who’ stories in order of frightening-ness- that’s what it’s all about.”

Some viewers also believe the plot to be too complicated. There are many twists and turns that we have been introduced to- some of which would be expected to be found in a sci-fi of a more adult nature- but personally, I’m loving the not knowing. It makes it all the more fun and exciting, and I eagerly await the next episode with much anticipation.

Now isn’t that what it is all about?

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3 Responses to “Is Doctor Who Too Scary?”
  1. Dreamy777 says:

    great one thanks

  2. chennysan says:

    not been watching this!

  3. thespeakman says:

    I was a little confused by the whole thing – is there a spare Tardis now – since the future doctor has been killed? who kills the doctor in the future and is the young girl now a time lord????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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