Originally Posted by hooked01
Keep in mind that Doctor Who used to be a low budget program on the BBC intended for the whole family to watch. If you’re willing to accept that space man who can regenerate and travel around in a time machine that’s bigger on the inside, a disembodied mannequin arm that moves on its own should be okay too. The production value has improved a lot in the following years. I think it’s almost too slick now. Doctor Who should be low tech. And when Steven Moffet took over, the storylines got really convoluted.
I have friends over in the U.K. who are longtime fans of the various iterations of the series and they insist that Doctor Who
only was able to become a Brit TV institution by constantly adapting to changing audiences over the years. It has been pointed out to me that the show was originally meant as a fantasy for children
intended to be transmitted around dinnertime, with increasingly more high-concept sci-fi added in as the years went on, and as those little kids--who first had been scared out of their wits by the Daleks--grew up and went off to college.
The original showrunner for Doctor Who
(Verity Lambert) was a brilliant TV production pioneer who devised a strategy to keep the show on the air called "keep Dad watching." This is the
reason why the good Doctor always seemed to have such nubile "companions" along with him on his travels.
Television was relatively new to English households back in the day (good 'ol 405-line monochrome only--Britain didn't even have "colour" 'til years later), reception was OTA-only, and you actually needed to pay extra for a "licence" to watch BBC-TV. It was the "man of the house" who controlled the television dial. "Mum" would likely be preoccupied for at least an hour while preparing dinner (hey, it was the 1960s after all--no microwave ovens). In England, the "kiddie" fare was on from 3 to 6:30 p.m., after which time the more "grown up" content started. Doctor Who was slotted sort of as a "buffer" between those time slots, and originally was done live--staged like a theatrical play--at about 45 minutes or so per episode.
Anyway, just watch some of those rather quaint early seasons and compare them to the Moffat-era reboots...it's easy to see how it evolved into an engaging "must-watch" for sci-fi nerds. With the show adding elements like historical events and figures, particle physics, and LGBTQ characters to the scenarios, it certainly isn't anything like the quaint little "kid-vid" fare that it once was! Having the Doctor as a female is pretty cool for now, but it's going to be a real challenge for the show, and I wish Jody well--that is a role with a massive amount of gravitas. Sadly, we did not get to see the Tardis in this recent season opener, and that might not be a good sign!