The 2012 Timelash Awards - Part Three
Continuing our month long award ceremony for the best and worst in Who in 2011, today’s award goes to something most North American (and international) viewers really could do without…
The winner of the Most Useless Thing in Doctor Who, Ever award goes to the “saga cell” introduction to the series which now airs on versions of Doctor Who broadcast outside of Britain (as seen on Space, BBC America and elsewhere…)
On the plus side, it’s written by Steven Moffat. And I think the line “he’s from everywhere” is pretty awesome.
But let’s recap the myriad of ways this sucks:
1) Many, many North Americans have watched Doctor Who over the past 40 years and have done so without a pedantic visual aid
2) Viewers are not that stupid
3) Tying it to Amy Pond is a dreadful idea, as though the show is all about the Doctor and Amy—which it wasn’t even during the time it was broadcast. At best it’s a synopsis of Series Five
4) The Australians have been watching for even longer than North Americans—hell, they probably know the program better than the Brits—and they’re stuck with watching it!
5) And probably the thing that most offends me: It’s placed at the wrong point in the pre-credits sequence. If they used at the very top of the program, before the cold-open, like they did on Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and non-Who shows like Battlestar Galactica it would be at simply annoying. But it commits the cardinal sin of trying to be opening narration to the greatest bit of theme music and opening credits in the history of television. This is WRONG.
Posted by Graeme on Tuesday, January 10 at 10:54 pm