When following a show that is as ridiculous as it is serious, one has to wonder just who Doctor Who is aimed at.
According to Steven Moffat (head writer of the show) it’s a children’s show.
In an interview with Natalie Barnes, the editor of children’s magazine Doctor Who Adventures, Moffat claims that Doctor Who has always been a children’s adventure that teaches kids that fearful situations can always be won out with their brains.
Kids love Doctor Who’s fanciful characters, scary storylines, and ability to inspire even the bluntest of imaginations. According to Barnes, one of the most popular letters written to Doctor Who Adventures is: “Dear Sontaran, why do you look like a potato?”
While aimed at kids, Doctor Who has a cerebral feel at times that delves into the more uncomfortable subjects (especially death and dying) and how the goofy (and brilliant) Doctor deals with said situations; which more often than not is with incredible grace and respect for life.
The greatest appeal of Doctor Who is that the Doctor is seemingly never beaten; and for me at least, that’s something that we should aim to inspire within our children.