Could you have a late night Dr. Who?

I was having a brief facebook conversation with my friend, journalist and highly talented musician Tom Girard (you can find lots of his music and film reviews on his blog) about Dr. Who. In particular the episode Cold War. Whilst we both loved it, I yearned for a bit more combat and maybe some views of gore rather than what was hinted at. When stating this to Tom, he said that it would not be Dr. Who with this more mature content. That got me to thinking, could they do two versions much like they do with extended editions of some comedy panel shows? In this case there would be a short version for kids and a late night version, that was extended with extra scenes, for adults? And if so, would there be a market for this? Ok, I don’t think it would happen for budgetary reasons, but it makes an interesting argument. Would Dr. Who lose it’s appeal if it was more adult orientated? For me it is on the cusp of being an adult program anyway, they often take very dark stories and weave these to a positive ending with almost no bloodshed. But if they added more gore, would that mean sex and drugs would need to be added to make it truly post watershed? For me that would definitely destroy the show. Although that said, if I was single and had Clara as my assistant I might see if she wanted to be more than friends! I suppose if you look at some of the more adult sci-fi movies and shows they become more a version of soft core porn than true science fiction and that is definitely not what we want. Also those other shows that do late night versions, such as Hollyoaks and Neighbours, seem to churn out horrendous rubbish and strange scenes just to push the boundaries (well I think Hollyoaks is horrendous all the time!). Would we want our beloved Doctor to be put into that situation? Not me. Maybe I am talking myself out of the idea. It couldn’t hurt to try one episode though, and then seek the public’s views. I suppose though, that many families sit down to watch it together. May I should just stop thinking about this, maybe it is a strange idea that would rip apart the foundation Dr. Who is built on. I just think that some episodes could be so much more with only a tiny bit of post watershed content. All in all I love Dr. Who and avidly watch it every week so I can’t complain too much!

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4 responses to “Could you have a late night Dr. Who?”

  1. James M Camp says :

    The trick here (for me) would be to do a Master series which can explore the dark side of Time Lords. I would love to Dr Who go dark but at the same time I already think the purity of Who is being challenged and in many ways turned American and a more adult Who would turn into a bad US sci fi show (which I would watch). However a Master show about a Time Lord who is more open to more things could be epic.

    Also – I am not enjoying this season of Who as much as the last. The stories have been tame in my opinion and I just don’t care about the mystery of the new companion, which seems to be all there is.

    • harveycd says :

      Got to say I really like the latest series, I enjoy darker one off stories to themes that run through and they try to shoe horn into every episode. The River Song storyline was good but the series did not work for me as they popped her in most episodes just to have the big climax. I suppose they have made Torchwood which is a darker versions and that seemed to work ok. Not sure about a Master series, might not be enough in there to draw people in. Would they also follow a villian?

      • James M Camp says :

        They would have too – although as with Who the villain is purely based on the eye of the beholder. The Dr is the worst (best) villain in history, and you would have to play the Master the same way. If the Master chose the Daleks as his protected race and screw anybody else you would have the Dr / Human thing just not from our side, which would be a nice twist. Though I think the Master should be on the Time Lords side and squeeze some more good stuff out of them.

        I also prefer the single / double episodes to a long story but this series has had some excellent story ides executed not as well as before. The whole series seems to be flagging with age and I think a gap followed by a refresh is in order. I also don’t rate Matt Smith as a Doctor, he is grating on me now where I used to find his Dr fun. And the companion is just a bit wet with the only thing about her being a mystery which is largely being ignored and will be explained in one episode with no real build up (an american way of doing things).

        I would also like to see more episodes in the TARDIS, and that reveal the Drs past. His mystery is 100000000000 times more interesting and in no way do I want it all revealed but it would be nice to pick away at more then he should never be left alone.

  2. oldfarmhorace says :

    Dr Who can never go dark. He is a children’s hero first and foremost. Operation Yewtree has lost us so many heroes let us at least preserve the fictional ones.. I have no problem with an adult spinoff as long as it can be better than later Torchwoods. I suggest spinning off the Paternostra Gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax into an adult version. Shapely alien lesbian with a sword (Freudian?), Jenny Flint in skin tight catsuits and loveable Strax with funny one-liners.

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