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from Facebook: is Doctor Who airing too late for a “kids’ show”?

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  • RogerBW

    Yes. There are, for reasons I don’t understand, still people who watch TV as it’s broadcast, and for them at least the time of broadcast gives a general indication of the level of “maturity” expected in the content of a show.

  • David_Conner

    I think for elementary school kids, there might be more incentive to see a show when it’s aired, so you can talk about it with your friends in school the next day.

    Different context than the UK and Doctor Who, but I thought it was a mistake for ABC to move *Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD* to a 9:00 PM time slot. It’s not a kid’s show, but my elementary-school-aged niece and at least some of her school friends watched it, but at 9 it was on later than her bedtime.

  • With *Doctor Who,* though, it has always aired on Saturdays (at least NuWho has), so Sunday catchup still works for next-day school discussion.

  • Capaldi is certainly old enough to have grown up with TV as a thing you had to watch while it aired or you couldn’t see it (at least until reruns). He would have already been an adult before VCRs came along (and you still had to remember to program them and make sure it had a tape without enough room for your show on it!). I suspect the attitude you’re talking about is a generational thing.

    And the UK still has the idea of a watershed before which adult stuff isn’t supposed to air… even though kids could watch that stuff whenever they want afterward.

  • RogerBW

    You may be right, though I’m only eleven years younger than Capaldi and I also grew up without VCRs – I’ve just adopted watching-on-demand as an obviously (to me) superior way of doing things.

  • David_Conner

    Yeah, that’s a bit different. But on the other hand, it’s also not a school night, so it’s a night on which parents might be more inclined to let the kids stay up a little later to watch it live.

  • Owen1120

    On BBC America, Doctor Who starts at 9, then at 10 they immediately slap content warnings on the channel and show TV-MAs.

  • Me too. But not everyone is as easily adaptable as we are. :-)

  • Doctor Who has never been considered or treated as a children’s show in the U.S. It’s always been a cult thing for adults. And Capaldi isn’t complaining about how the show airs in America. :-)

  • Tonio Kruger

    Or they might have different reasons for doing it the way they do. Like, for example, a less flexible entertainment budget. ;-)

  • Tonio Kruger

    Why pay for something that will eventually become available on most cable movie channels within a few months anyway? And available for DVD rental at the local library a few months after that? I can understand paying to see something on a big screen but to pay extra money to watch a TV show when you’re probably already paying for either cable or a satellite dish seems silly. Yet many people do it anyway.

    That’s what I don’t understand.

  • Tonio Kruger

    When the original show first aired in Dallas, it usually came on at 10:30 pm. weekday nights. Then it moved to PBS — where it would usually play at 10 pm Saturday night.

    I got so used to such a schedule that it seemed quite weird when I found out that a cable station based in NYC was playing the series on Saturday morning. Alas, those showings did not last too long from what I can remember.

  • RogerBW

    In the UK, we still have free-to-air TV channels even though they’re now digital, and Doctor Who is broadcast on one of them. There’s a requirement for a TV licence ($145.50 per year) if you operate a receiver at all, but that’s it; if you use iPlayer to watch on a computer after the initial broadcast, you don’t even need that.
    (You can also pay for TV, usually via Sky, but I don’t think I know anyone who does; it means giving money to the Murdoch organisation after all.)

  • If you don’t want to have to wait months to discuss something that everyone is watching now, you need to either watch it while it’s on, record it to watch later, or watch it on catch-up.

    People have different priorities for how they spend their money.

  • iPlayer is free, however; you just need Internet access.

    But Capaldi worrying about DW not airing at the right time isn’t him worrying about people who don’t have either a Tivo or a way to watch catch-up TV.

  • My wife, our son, and I, sit down at 8pm on Saturdays and watch Doctor Who as it is broadcast. It’s the only show we do this for. It forces us to come together and be a family, which I kind of like.

    I wish I had seen the last seasons of Orphan Black and Hannibal as they were broadcast, because, while the first two seasons of each are free with Amazon Prime, the most recent ones are still $1.99 an episode. I refuse to pay this, so I will wait several months before they make them free. Is there another legal way to watch these shows without cost? I don’t have a DVR, btw. You say on demand, but what specific service right now would allow me to watch Hannibal season 3 for free?
    I watch almost all my tv on netflix and amazon prime at my own leisure, but I’m not going to look down on those that choose to watch tv in different ways.
    edit: I’m in the U.S. btw.

  • Tonio Kruger


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