Doctor Who is not for children, says Russell T Davies
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The writer explains ‘at the heart of it is an eight-year-old watching’ but two new specials will be ‘dark’, ‘frightening’ and ‘scary’

I think there was an effort in the past to make sure it’s a family show and disconnect The Doctor from the more mature parts of the whoniverse. Maybe the changes in production and, maybe, the realization adults are too obsessed with it create new avenues for money making creativity.

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It’s not something children should watch alone, I’ll grant that. But it is and always should be something families can watch together.

I would hate for this to take the same path the Trek franchise did and start adding in a bunch of gratuitous gore, pointless profanity, and alien titties.

Knowing there was new Trek for the first time in ages and then finding out I couldn’t comfortably share it with my kids was a big disappointment. I don’t want that to happen to Doctor Who.

A lot of Doctor Who episodes are straight up scary or very disturbing at least.

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The Silence are one of the few concepts in sci-fi that I find legitimately scary.

The ones with the memory loss when you stop looking at them? Oh yeah absolutely

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Who? What episode is that? I don’t recall ever seeing them

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You might want to check your arms…

The weeping angels scared the shit out of 10 year old me.

The weeping angels are definitely bad, I was also thinking of the Waters of Mars or Midnight episodes. Which are straight up terrifying.

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Uh… who ever thought any part of the entirety of the series was?

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It’s a family show so it’s always kept ‘kid friendly’, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be scary. I remember watching as a kid with a pillow to hide behind when the monsters came.

You could be fooled by a lot of the Matt Smith episodes.

I don’t remember any issues with the episodes I watched as a kid, even if so much of the humor went over my head. Then again, I also remember watching Wild America at dinner and the surgery channel before bed.

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It was originally an edutainment show for history and science, and had a strict policy of no kissing, no bad language, and no bloody violence. They still keep to the last two.

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