Why Doctor Who is the show fans love to hate (a Guardian article by Paul Kirkley (Wed 19 Feb 2020)
For 56 years and counting, Whovians have been railing against the wheres, whys and, well, everything about their beloved series. Will anything quell this rage?
“WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE MAGIC OF DOCTOR WHO?”
This was the question posed – in full caps – by the president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society in its magazine, TARDIS.
The year was 1977, and the story under scrutiny was The Deadly Assassin. Today, this Manchurian Candidate-riffing conspiracy thriller is regarded as one of Doctor Who’s all-time greats, from the height of Tom Baker’s stripy scarf imperial phase. But you’d never have guessed that from Jan Vincent-Rudzki’s hatchet job, which railed against its tautological title and the rewriting of Whovian lore. (Read more…)