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Doctor Who: Slumming His Way Through The 10th Generation

Pertwee_420x284The Daily P.O.P. has written a thought-provoking and fantastic essay on the evolution (or regeneration) of Doctor Who to meet the expectations of the current generation of viewers. And it starts off with a bang of a quote which perfectly summarizes the disconnect many old-time fans of the Doctor feel with the current series:

Tom Baker quoted Tennyson and Patrick Troughton claims to have studied medicine in Scotland under Dr. Lister in 1885… nowadays the Doctor uses the TARDIS to attend Ian Drury and The Blockheads concerts and reads Harry Potter while the Master takes control of London only to share his iTunes playlist with his ’subject’ every morning.

In short, the Doctor’s gone lowbrow. I’ve been accused in the past of being an elitist snob for complaining that the Doctor is now spending the vast majority of his time hanging out with East London’s version of trailer trash. But it’s not just elitism: it’s the shift between the debonair, intellectual, sophisticated time traveller I grew up with and the current reincarnation of the character, who’d rather hang out at the chipper than go meet Charles Darwin. I don’t want my Doctor to be a snob, but I don’t want him to be as blind to the sublime side of life as the rabble audience of BBC’s Saturday night.

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