…But is it art?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 by

Basil vs Dalek by DWM's Ben Willsher

Basil vs Dalek by DWM's Ben Willsher

So, in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine (out about now, so pester your newsagent), I have a 10-page feature wherein I try to discover if Doctor Who is actually good television.

Now, to be honest, this is more a conceit to talk to a range of TV experts who haven’t ever really gone on the record with their views about the series, so I hope there is some fresh opinion within.

When I submitted the piece, I also filed some additional box-out bits, but Editor Tom Spilsbury opted not to use them all.  So, with his permission, I’m slinging some of them here, on OTT. (I do also have graphs charting AIs, ratings and just general ‘success-ratings’  for Doctor Who – and elements therein – over the years, but some dull techie problems prevent me from getting them all online right now… maybe another time).

Thus, please do click-through; read these bits and – should you also buy DWM (and you should) – feel free to tell me what you thought of the piece. Here we go, then… Read the story »


4 Responses to “…But is it art?”

  1. Applemask on July 22nd, 2009 12:01 am

    I should be getting it in the post tomorrow. Saw that article previewed last time, no idea you wrote it.

  2. Nick H on July 22nd, 2009 6:36 pm

    Cue lots of comments from so-called experts about the grass being greener on the other side of the Atlantic as per…

  3. Ken Shinn on July 22nd, 2009 10:34 pm

    An excellent piece of work, with but one tiny flaw – Journey’s End was complete rubbish. Ah well. Great stuff regardless!

  4. Daniel Betts on August 3rd, 2009 12:29 pm

    The problem I had with Journey’s End was that the second parter felt like part 2 and part 3 carefully mashed into one, as if it felt rushed. Other than that it was rather entertaining but agreeably I wouldn’t give it 100%.