We’ve just had the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who (give or take a break, a bad movie and some spinoffs) and only now have I realised how much I like the basic messages behind it.
(Time travel does wonders for your career)
My girls are pretty young and I have started to encourage them to watch the show. After a lot of “it’s for boys”, “isn’t that the guy from Harry Potter” and “why are those aliens made of rubber?” they have finally got into it and I am so glad. Let me tell you why.
There are a lot of programs aimed at adults and children these days, most of Cartoon Network is focused on capturing that 14-35 year old male market who have yet to find out that their parents won’t tolerate funding their video gaming habit forever, but none do it while teaching true values most parents will agree with.
The thing that I love the most is that there’s this overriding message that you have to live with the consequences of your actions and that usually the right thing to do is the hardest thing to do. I really can’t emphasise how much these basic lessons are missing from most children’s upbringing.
Today there’s a massive sense of entitlement. Children are taught by every single media outlet that THEY are the most important person in the world and the world owes THEM something. Reality shows teach everyone that you don’t have to work hard to do well because success will just land in your lap one day and in fact the more awful you are the more likely you are to get on TV. We’ve had to stop letting our girls watch certain programmes aimed at children because they re-enact the spoilt attitudes of the main stars.
However there is one last bastion of hope. Doctor Who. Life is full of hard decisions, you will make right ones and you will make wrong ones but you will always have to live with the consequences. Often there is the choice between the easy path and the hard path, very rarely is the right thing to do the easy thing to do. I love that intellect and reasoning is heralded as more important than brute force and ignorance, I love that violence is regarded with disdain and dreaming big is encouraged and I love that the key to happiness is always being yourself. I love that everyone is important.
(and I love that bowties are cool)
I’m not saying that the media is responsible for every problem we have I’m just saying that the low brow programming we are spoon fed is exacerbating the situation. So next time you’re thinking of putting on Xfactor or Beauty School Drop Outs why not treat yourself to something more British than tea and a love of queuing. Switch over to Doctor Who and switch your children to a hero we all look up to.