Is Doctor Who still considered a children’s show?

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This thought stream was started by a tweet from NHS blogger extraordinaire, Brian “Reynolds” Kellett:

Which got me thinking: is Doctor Who still considered a child’s television program?

I’ve been watching it as long as I can remember (although the was a period during the Eccleston and Tennant era that I was a bit lax) but I’ve really got back into it.

According to the Wikipedia article on the subject, it was created as a family show, and it’s generally on at about 6 or 7 on a Saturday evening which historically was when the BBC put its family shows on.

However there have always been remarks, or discussions about whether it’s a bit scary for children. I personally never found it that scary, even the Daleks (who I think are my favourite characters) but I know people who say the when they watched it as children used to have to hide behind a cushion or their parents whenever the Daleks came on.

As well as this, I always remember the show pre-Eccleston being a bit sexless, whereas nowadays you have actors playing the roles of the Doctor and his companions who are pretty, well, hot. Maybe it was because I was young and naive at the time, but I don’t remember any of Tom Baker’s companions as attractive as, say, Amy Pond. As I say, maybe it was because I was quite young at the time.

What do you think?

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