Thursday, April 14, 2005

Mary Whitehouse is alive and well and living in Cardiff

MediaGuardian.co.uk | Media | Doctor Who 'too scary', say parents

8 comments:

Pete said...

Coughs, straightens tie...

"As the father of a six year old child, who watched that episode with me... bollocks."

Yes he had trouble getting to sleep that night "because of Doctor Who". The following night he had trouble getting to sleep because the radiator was making a funny noise. The night before he had trouble sleeping because "I'm just not sleepy".

Are you seeing a pattern here, because I am.

Ah well, I suppose we should protect our children from all scary monsters, preparing them for the world by... oh.

Where's that Chesterton quote again?

Colin S said...

"before the house is destroyed in a gas explosion, killing the undertaker and his maid."

Glad to see they can't quite get their facts straight.
Colin.

Dan Hemmens said...

What you're all forgetting is that the children *must* be protected. And if it saves one human life it will all be worth it.

culfy said...

I never had nightmares from Dr Who as a child

Although I did have nightmares from the video for Paul McCartney's Mull of Kintyre.

COLIN S said...

And of course if the little perishers are never exposed to anything that might, just a teensy-tiny bit, scare them then, obviously, they will grow up so much better adjusted than us traumatised lot.

NOT!

Feel the fear and watch it anyway.
Colin

John Curran said...

I never had nightmares from Doctor Who while growing up. I did have nightmares from the Magic Roundabout. That big, sharp springy thing hurtling at me out of the sky saying "time for bed!" looked life threatening.

I find children learn what to be scared about, almost entirely from their parents. Hereditary phobias.

If you think dead people coming back to life to be too scary, don't forget to ban Show White. If glowing spirits are too scary, ban Casper the ghost as well.

As for protecting children:
Some protection is justified, yes. But let's have some respect for children as well. They're naieve and weak, but they are people.

Pete said...

"They're naieve and weak, but they are people."

Hang on, are we talking about children or Guardian journalists again?

Sylvia Drake said...

Ah well, I suppose we should protect our children from all scary monsters, preparing them for the world by... oh.

It puts me in mind of the fact that children who never develop a fever early in life are more likely to become sensitive to common household allergens later on.

This is such a tidy metaphor, I had to double-check to make sure I hadn't made it up.