I had a thought as I was watching last week’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Almost People” – this season of Doctor Who is scary!
Don’t get me wrong, I love it! Overall, it is a perfect blend of creepy and whimsical for an adult audience such as myself and my friends, but I happen to know that Doctor Who is otherwise considered a family show. Steven Moffat’s writing is intensely clever and uses the whole time-travel medium as an excellent story-telling mechanism, something I felt RTD lacked, but his antagonists and imagery are unsettling.
I did some research to see if anyone else had this same thought and I found an article - it was a message by a concerned parent agreeing that the current generation of Doctor Who is full of sex (ie: all the companions want in the Doctor’s pants) and overly complex plots (wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey) that extend beyond simple good versus evil (with an awful lot of running).
Another parent, within the same article, thinks it is not entirely a bad thing for the kids to experience a bit of fear. That if they are too scared, they can stop watching at any point.
Now if I were a parent, I would gladly watch Doctor Who, as it is, with my children since it is very rare that anything truly bad happens to the Doctor and his companions – save for a few heartbreaking twists in previous seasons, but generally, everyone comes out fine.
What do you think? Are the antagonists and overlying plot too creepy for his younger audience? Is Moffat’s style too convoluted?