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Is Doctor Who a kids’ Show

“Are the kids safe?” Clara asks the Doctor in 2014’s The Caretaker. She’s talking about the Skovox Blitzer, but does the show itself pose any kind of threat?

This issue’s Time Team: Beth Axford, Luke Cutforth, Christel Dee – and Beth’s housemate Ariane!

Luke, Christel and Beth embrace their inner child and hide behind the sofa.

Ariane joins the team and watches Doctor Who for the very . rst time.

There used to be a quote on the back of Doctor Who books: “the children’s own programme which adults adore…” Christel and Luke arrive at Beth’s shared house in East London to explore if that’s true.

Luke was 11 when he saw his first episode – 2005’s Father’s Day. Christel was 12 when, a week later, she saw The Empty Child. Beth was eight when she saw 2006’s School Reunion.

Did they think it was a children’s programme when they started watching?

“Yeah,” says Beth, without hesitation.

“I didn’t know what it was, I just thought it was amazing,” says Christel. “It was scary and like nothing else.”

“I didn’t think it was for my age group,” says Luke. “It was older. I thought I could handle it. And then The Empty Child gave me nightmares – for months.”

Were their friends into it, too? “At secondary school, one friend happened to be into it,” says Christel. “I’d go round to watch it on DVD. She was the one who told me about regeneration.” “I didn’t know anyone at school who liked Doctor Who,” says Luke.

“It’s the whole reason I started watching,” says Beth. “It was really popular at school. I was exactly the right age. We’d play Doctor Who in the playground, we had Doctor Who Adventures magazine and swapped Battles in Time cards.” When did that change? “When we got to secondary school, there was one other girl – we talked about it until we were 16. Otherwise, it wasn’t the thing anymore.” So, let’s watch some episodes. We’re joined by Beth’s housemate Ariane, who works for the charity World Animal Protection. Ariane has never seen Doctor Who before and admits she’s curious.

Good job we’re starting with episode one of a classic…


The TARDIS is dragged down to a bleak planet. The Doctor’s friend Barbara responds by getting a drink.

CHRISTEL: “Is that a goblet of wine? Wow!”

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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with Jodie Whittaker. • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • Former Doctor David Tennant discusses Jodie Whittaker. • Howard Burden recalls designing costumes for three different Doctors. • The second part of a candid interview with 1980s script editor Eric Saward. • What topped the DWM season poll? We reveal the results! • We talk to the team behind the Blu-ray special edition of 1973’s Planet of the Daleks. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2005 story The Long Game. • Eric Saward previews his novelisations of Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks. • Is Doctor Who a kids’ show? The Time Team decides. • How to recreate the Second Doctor’s ‘cosmic hobo’ style. • The final part of Herald of Madness, a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!