Who Scares Because it Cares

While we can’t get anything official in writing Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has confirmed that its the programmes solemn duty to provide the nations of the world with: “a healthy scare”.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the Philips British Academy Television Awards nominees’ shindig the writer behind The Unquiet Dead and Victory of the Daleks was again restating his claim to be the calming voice of reason for Doctor Who in and amongst the various complaints and quibbles of the press regarding the recent outcry over The Silence disquieting bathroom disintegration of poor old Joy:

“It’s thrilling, wonderful… of course it should be too scary.”

Gatiss also spoke of the controversy around his excellent first episode The Unquiet Dead which saw the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) fighting off the re-animated dead thanks to Geth releated gas leak:

“When I wrote my very first one for Chris Eccleston, I actually went on [BBC Radio 4’s] PM with Eddie Mair because they’d had people saying, ‘It’s too frightening’. He said, ‘How do you feel?’ and I said, ‘I’m absolutely over the moon’. Of course that’s what it’s about.”

With Gatiss reaffirming Who‘s position on all things BOO! and Matthew Graham promising something unsettling on Saturday night its good to have proper fear back on the schedules rather than the orchestrated horror of a panel of human beings telling one individual 35 different ways they’re rubbish at something.

Doctor Who continues this Saturday with The Almost People on BBC1 at 6:45 pm!


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