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The Doctor.

doctor who, the character, not the show, was voted the number one science fiction character in a recent pole conducted by SFX (er, a magazine i've never read, and don't know about). this sad fact offers the reader the opinion that nothing worthwhile has been produced or done in the science fiction community since 1989 that can equal a gangly mop haired man in a bad coat, with an equally bad haircut, and some rather poor production values.

in a way, it explains why so much of the genre output in years has been so innocuous, since doctor who was a kids show. in fact, doctor or no doctor, the majority of genre work is either a kids show or aimed for teens. there is really no adult genre work out there than springs instantly to mind--well, actually, that's not true. a few movies, some books, but they too suffer from often being aimed for a teen audience, and being so bland that you could swab vegemite over it for a good little taste. but the majority of it is aimed for kids, and that, perhaps, is its greatest failing.

and certainly, in a unconnected way, the doctor is a nice symbol for that.

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burntcopper
Jan. 3rd, 2003 05:36 am (UTC)
SFX is the UK's biggest Sci-fi magazine. Their normal attitude is 'when in doubt, take the piss' and are normally extremely in tune with your average fan. Not for nothing did they have a regular column called 'Couch Potato' in which several members of the magazine and some guests sat and watched videos on a theme (zombie episodes of tv series, for example) and then proceeded to take the piss out of them. Quite, quite hysterical.
benpeek
Jan. 4th, 2003 03:45 am (UTC)
thank you muchly.

i stopped reading magazines years ago, really. about the only thing i read with any regularity these days is too much coffee man, which is pretty funny, i reckon. the article on kurt cobain being lactose intolerant and this is what he died from made me laugh.
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