Wednesday, 4 January 2012
BBC Genome To Rate Doctor Who as a Childrens Show - For Kiddies!
The BBC are undertaking a massive project, which will include scanning every issue of the Radio Times, to be called the BBC Genome. However, Houston, there is a problem...
Yesterday I posted, with here, questioning what was happening with the project, and was it still going ahead. I got an "interesting" reply (I am trying to avoid saying rude, well she apologised so no hard feelings) telling me it was still on and the state of play, which I genuinely appreciate the insight to.
To quote Marsha Thompson, the Press Release Officer "...I understand Children's entertainment, such as Doctor Who, is relevant and is important to the development of a young persons mind. It is, however, a children's show... Grown-ups will be our main concern, but kiddies will still get their Doctor Who 'fix'."
I always thought along the same lines as Steven Moffat, that Doctor Who was a family show, but apparently the BBC Genome seem to think of it as a children's show, and I assume will be filing it as such, is this what you want?
Or are all family shows to be listed as children's shows? I always found Its a Knockout infantile, even as a child, but it was a family show (although my 5 year old daughter would love it), and it was transmitted well before the 9pm watershed, and what about Terry and June, I found this equally mindless and was sure my IQ dropped while I watched it, so is this family show to be classified as children's also? Or perhaps is just Doctor Who is being singled out for this treatment?
There are several occasions where it has been asked if Doctor Who is suitable for children even, and the 21st century revival of the programme has seen Doctor Who become the centrepiece of BBC One's Saturday evening schedule. Are BBC Genome aware they are offending most of the adult Doctor Who fans (you know, us lot who actually spend the money, and without us kiddies don't have any!). So is DWM a kiddie magazine? Is the Doctor Who series 1-4 box set with a 12 Certificate for kiddies only? (well over 12 kiddies anyhow?).
I wonder what the Doctor Who team will make of all this, are they aware they make Kiddie TV? Should Doctor Who be moved to CBBC? Isn't it easier to classify Doctor Who correctly as a family show, I remember being introduced to it by my father in Jon Pertwees day, and we watched it together, he never did that with any children's programs!
We have found some interesting links to BBC Genome starting here and here, and here are the original comments quoted (which I have backed up too ;) ).
Please everyone, repost this, link it, and tell everyone about it, and eMail BBC Genome, otherwise you may find yourself a fan of kiddie TV, and singling Doctor Who out is just WRONG!