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01 August 2010 @ 04:21 pm
TV meme, day 5  

Day 05 - A show you hate

Oh dear, this is not going to make me very popular. "Hate" is a big word, but I really, really, really don't like Doctor Who. I understand it is a British national treasure, and I'm truly sorry, but that's the way it is.

The only Doctor I remember from my youth was Tom Baker, and I don't think I watched the series regularly even then. I never cared much for science fiction, unless it was comedy.

Even David Tennant, whom I had seen and loved in Casanova couldn't convert me when he became the new Doctor in 2005, although I tried several times.

Of course, for my John Simm project I had to watch the episodes he appeared in as the Master, so I looked them up on YouTube, but ten minutes into "The End of Time" (yes, I started the wrong way around — I blame the screencaps) I gave up and just fast-forwarded to his scenes.

It did give me a clearer idea of what makes Doctor Who so unpalatable for me. For a large part it is caused by the in-your-face (ear) music: this is a Dramatic Moment - this is where you must feel Sad - this is where we want you to be Scared - ugh. It rubs me entirely the wrong way. But I've later learned that Doctor Who is regarded as a children's programme, which really surprised me. Teenagers and up, I would have thought.

All that said, "The Sound of Drums" wasn't so bad, actually. And John Simm was a great Master.

From "The End of Time", gratuitous Master gif by in_the_end:

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chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 8th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
two words.

American Idol.

oh, you meant a scripted bit of vacuous fiction.

American Idol.

sorry, I'll stop.

Desperate Housewives. I can't imagine why that program is on. or why the cast is even working.
Mnemosyne: laughing_lethe_ on August 8th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)

I must confess I did like the first season of Desperate Housewives, but it went rapidly downhill after that, so I stopped watching.

(Is it still running?)