Terry Pratchett Disses Doctor Who
He may be the king of fantasy novels but has Terry Pratchett crossed a line by laying a smackdown on the ever popular Doctor Who?
The Discworld author has hit out at the show in a recent article for SFX magazine, labelling the adventures of the Time Lord ‘ludicrous’. Oooh er missus.
“On planet Earth it’s generally taken for granted that it’s a bad thing to introduce into a narrative some last-minute solution that was totally unexpected and unheralded.
The unexpected, unadvertised solution which kisses it all better is known as a deus ex machina – literally, a god from the machine. And a god from the machine is what the Doctor is now.
A decent detective story provides you with enough tantalising information to allow you to make a stab at a solution before the famous detective struts his stuff in the library. Doctor Who replaces this with speed, fast talking, and what appears to be that wonderful element ‘makeitupasyougoalongeum’.”
Don’t hate us but we’re kind of with him on that one. Although the Doctor’s fast paced speech and his ability to solve with something out of the blue is something we’ve grown to love and accept, it does seem to be the ending of almost every episode.
Pratchett continues to explain how, in his eyes, the Doctor has become more like a God than a Time Lord.
“The Doctor himself has in recent years been built up into an amalgam of Mother Teresa, Jesus Christ… and Tinkerbell. There is nothing he doesn’t know and nothing he can’t do… Perhaps they should start transmitting the programme on Sundays.”
This concept isn’t lost on the show’s writers as the Godlike nature of the Doctor was touched upon in the special episode The Waters Of Mars.
Despite seeing apparently major flaws in the show, Pratchett will still be tuning in to see where the Tardis will land next.
“After all, when you’ve had your moan you have to admit that it is very, very entertaining, with its heart in the right place, even if its head is often in orbit around Jupiter. I might shout at the screen again, but I will be watching on Saturday.”