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(Belfast Telegraph)   Why no one likes adult Doctor Who fans: "Fans over 16 are derided as pathetically backwards, out of control slaves of a show in which monsters who look like potatoes are supposed to be taken seriously"   (belfasttelegraph.co.uk) divider line 223
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2013-11-29 10:38:22 AM  
I thought it was because they didn't bathe.
 
2013-11-29 10:53:04 AM  
Or, you know, some people just watch a TV show
 
2013-11-29 10:53:37 AM  
I didn't think ANYBODY took Doctor Who seriously. It's completely silly, cheesy fun, which is why I love it.
 
2013-11-29 10:54:43 AM  
Adult males who are way too in to the show creep me out more than adult women. With the women, it just goes hand-in-hand with other general cat lady behavior, some of which is beneficial to me, like always bringing in baked goods to work or knitting me a hat. The men, they never redeem themselves.
 
2013-11-29 10:55:09 AM  
LOTS OF PLANETS HAVE A NORTH!
 
2013-11-29 10:56:03 AM  

El Freak: I didn't think ANYBODY took Doctor Who seriously. It's completely silly, cheesy fun, which is why I love it.


Go over to Gallifrey Base, or read Ian Levine's Twitter page.  Doctor Who: Serious Business.

(Actually, coming from the BBC's point of view, that's probably true, given the amount of merchandising going along with it..)
 
2013-11-29 10:56:34 AM  
If I met a Sontaran in real life, I wouldn't be one bit scared.
 
2013-11-29 10:56:43 AM  
As a 30 year fan, sod off, Subby.
 
2013-11-29 10:58:49 AM  

El Freak: I didn't think ANYBODY took Doctor Who seriously. It's completely silly, cheesy fun, which is why I love it.


I thought so, too. I mean, the show basically takes the MST3K mantra "just repeat to yourself 'it's just a show, I should really just relax'" as it's central premise.

But then, every Fark Doctor Who thread culminates in an overly long discussion about how many regenerations he's supposed to have left. Who cares? Does an exact number detract from your enjoyment of the show?

Some people will find a way to get bent out of shape about everything.
 
2013-11-29 10:59:48 AM  
They got nothin' on sports fans.
 
2013-11-29 11:01:07 AM  
No requisite Dr Who companion pics?

/ dissapoint
 
2013-11-29 11:04:35 AM  
The Day of the Doctor was the first ever episode of Doctor Who that I watched. It was alright. Not "go back and watch 50 years of episodes" good, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'll watch the Christmas special.
 
2013-11-29 11:04:43 AM  
It could be worse.

static.foxsports.com

media.urbandictionary.com
 
2013-11-29 11:06:14 AM  
People have always generally hated their betters.
 
2013-11-29 11:06:34 AM  
Did you RTFA, subbo?  It was not a criticism of Whovians; it was a criticism of dipsticks who criticize Whovians.

Example: I have met a few people who couldn't be reduced to a starry-eyed child or an evangelical geek by any subject at all. I found them to be the dullest company I ever encountered.
 
2013-11-29 11:09:22 AM  
Personally, I think sports fans are far more embarrassing in just about every aspect of their existence.
 
2013-11-29 11:09:28 AM  

Crudbucket: Adult males who are way too in to the show creep me out more than adult women. With the women, it just goes hand-in-hand with other general cat lady behavior, some of which is beneficial to me, like always bringing in baked goods to work or knitting me a hat. The men, they never redeem themselves.


So... you would find them LESS creepy if grown men said to you "Let's talk about how Day of the Doctor can be reconciled with End of Time, and I made you a yummy muffin."?
 
2013-11-29 11:11:15 AM  

Son of Thunder: Crudbucket: Adult males who are way too in to the show creep me out more than adult women. With the women, it just goes hand-in-hand with other general cat lady behavior, some of which is beneficial to me, like always bringing in baked goods to work or knitting me a hat. The men, they never redeem themselves.

So... you would find them LESS creepy if grown men said to you "Let's talk about how Day of the Doctor can be reconciled with End of Time, and I made you a yummy muffin."?


Probably not, I try to stick to a general rule of not eating man muffins.
 
2013-11-29 11:11:17 AM  
Q:  How can you easily tell if somebody watches Dr. Who?

A:  Don't worry, they'll tell you.

Never watched the show, and I have no opinion on it.  However, I do have a problem with people who tie their self identity to a fictional show they watch, whatever that show may be.
 
2013-11-29 11:12:44 AM  
Hating on Whovians, is that a new hipster thing now?
 
2013-11-29 11:12:49 AM  
Occasionally, a TV show or a film or a book becomes such a towering mass phenomenon it moves outside its medium to serve as a focus for nationwide arguments on everything from the state of the nation to the likely direction of our children's futures.
We pick apart its morality, its representation of men and women, the impact it has on its millions of followers. Two tribes inevitably develop, as is our naturally adversarial wont. The wider the audience, the more entrenched and fiery the warfare between champions and naysayers. It's a kind of modern gladiatorial battle, and these days, Twitter is its arena.


encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
You don't say?
 
2013-11-29 11:21:16 AM  

ZeroCorpse: Personally, I think sports fans are far more embarrassing in just about every aspect of their existence.


People are allowed to wear Ravens jerseys to my office on Fridays.  That's just socially acceptable cosplay.
 
2013-11-29 11:21:26 AM  

van1ty: However, I do have a problem with people who tie their self identity to a fictional show they watch, whatever that show may be.


I'm typing this on a computer with a Captain America sticker, at my desk with the Blues Brothers figures to one side and the Kilngon bat'leth hanging over it, wearing a Sons of Anarchy t-shirt.  So all i have to say to that is:
mrwgifs.com
 
2013-11-29 11:22:15 AM  

ThatBillmanGuy: I thought so, too. I mean, the show basically takes the MST3K mantra "just repeat to yourself 'it's just a show, I should really just relax'" as it's central premise.


It's just an apostrophe, I should really just relax.
 
2013-11-29 11:24:05 AM  
I never knew any Dr. Who fans when I was a teenager. The only Dr. Who fans I know now are adults and the occasional kid of theirs they indoctrinate. My wife was a Dr. Who fan as a kid and teen. She still, to this day, is the only one I know who ever was.
 
2013-11-29 11:24:19 AM  

van1ty: Never watched the show, and I have no opinion on it.  However, I do have a problem with people who tie their self identity to a fictional show they watch, whatever that show may be.


If your interests aren't supposed to help shape who you are, what should?

/Whovian, among many other things
 
2013-11-29 11:26:10 AM  

PanicMan: People are allowed to wear Ravens jerseys to my office on Fridays.  That's just socially acceptable cosplay.


What a sad comment on the world. When did being a Ravens fan become socially acceptable?

My wife knit me a Tom Baker scarf. I wear it in the winter, not just because it's cool (and it is- seriously, people who have never heard of Tom Baker compliment me on the scarf), but because it's farking warm.
 
2013-11-29 11:26:24 AM  

Son of Thunder: van1ty: However, I do have a problem with people who tie their self identity to a fictional show they watch, whatever that show may be.

I'm typing this on a computer with a Captain America sticker, at my desk with the Blues Brothers figures to one side and the Kilngon bat'leth hanging over it, wearing a Sons of Anarchy t-shirt.  So all i have to say to that is:
[mrwgifs.com image 250x231]


He probably can't come too close, 'cuz of the B.O.
 
ecl
2013-11-29 11:28:55 AM  
That was journalistic masturbation.  Pointless drivel.
 
2013-11-29 11:38:22 AM  
I've never met anyone who watches that show.  Outside of England, I don't think anyone cares about or likes the show.  As science fiction, Dr. Who is simply ridiculous.  It's an embarrassment.
 
2013-11-29 11:40:03 AM  

El Freak: I didn't think ANYBODY took Doctor Who seriously. It's completely silly, cheesy fun, which is why I love it.


This.  I don't really give a crap what anyone thinks of me...I'd rather watch Doctor Who than some crap like the Kardashians or the Biggest Loser.  I would say that anyone who watches those types of shows has absolutely no room to talk about what someone else is watching.
 
2013-11-29 11:41:52 AM  

dajoro: I've never met anyone who watches that show.  Outside of England, I don't think anyone cares about or likes the show.  As science fiction, Dr. Who is simply ridiculous.  It's an embarrassment.


3/10.  Way too obvious.  Try harder, next time.
 
2013-11-29 11:42:11 AM  

dajoro: I've never met anyone who watches that show.  Outside of England, I don't think anyone cares about or likes the show.  As science fiction, Dr. Who is simply ridiculous.  It's an embarrassment.


The Day of the Doctor just made $10 million in a limited showing worldwide, almost half of which was in the US for one night.  I think there are people 'outside of England' who like the show.
 
2013-11-29 11:42:19 AM  

ecl: That was journalistic masturbation.  Pointless drivel.


From now on, that is going to be my default comment in every Fark thread.
 
2013-11-29 11:45:43 AM  

van1ty: Q:  How can you easily tell if somebody watches Dr. Who?

A:  Don't worry, they'll tell you.


That's so true it's scary.

You like the show. Fine. I don't need to hear how awesome it is every few minutes, or have it brought into every freaking conversation involving TV and movies in general.

Dr Who fans simply cannot approach the show in a non-obsessive manner.
 
ecl
2013-11-29 11:45:45 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: ThatBillmanGuy: I thought so, too. I mean, the show basically takes the MST3K mantra "just repeat to yourself 'it's just a show, I should really just relax'" as it's central premise.

It's just an apostrophe, I should really just relax.


My friend says to me one day
"I know it says to just relax in the beginning of the episode but why is it that when all the different people come to visit the SOL Joel/Mike never hitch a ride?"
 
2013-11-29 11:46:01 AM  
I had no idea Doctor Who fans were disliked. I was under the impression that one was either already a fan of the show, or they'd never seen it before.

Sounds like some people have entirely too much time on their hands.

/like those losers who rag on Bronies
 
2013-11-29 11:46:29 AM  

dajoro: I've never met anyone who watches that show.  Outside of England, I don't think anyone cares about or likes the show.  As science fiction, Dr. Who is simply ridiculous.  It's an embarrassment.


is that your best effort? Wait until your balls have dropped and have another go.
 
2013-11-29 11:47:40 AM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: van1ty: Never watched the show, and I have no opinion on it.  However, I do have a problem with people who tie their self identity to a fictional show they watch, whatever that show may be.

If your interests aren't supposed to help shape who you are, what should?

/Whovian, among many other things


Only the things that he personally likes, of course.
 
2013-11-29 11:48:15 AM  

El Freak: I didn't think ANYBODY took Doctor Who seriously. It's completely silly, cheesy fun, which is why I love it.


This; when one considers the technology and effects of the time, the old eps are pretty enjoyable.
 
2013-11-29 11:48:45 AM  

Disgruntled Goat: Doctor Who fans simply cannot approach the show in a non-obsessive manner.


FTFY
 
ecl
2013-11-29 11:49:22 AM  

stevetherobot: ecl: That was journalistic masturbation.  Pointless drivel.

From now on, that is going to be my default comment in every Fark thread.


I realized it applied to most of what is written on the internet.  Then I hit add comment.
 
2013-11-29 11:50:10 AM  

El Freak: I didn't think ANYBODY took Doctor Who seriously. It's completely silly, cheesy fun, which is why I love it.


So like Star Trek, then.
 
2013-11-29 11:51:03 AM  

Disgruntled Goat: van1ty: Q:  How can you easily tell if somebody watches Dr. Who?

A:  Don't worry, they'll tell you.

That's so true it's scary.

You like the show. Fine. I don't need to hear how awesome it is every few minutes, or have it brought into every freaking conversation involving TV and movies in general.

Dr Who fans simply cannot approach the show in a non-obsessive manner.


Yes, because they're all exactly the same.

/Generalizations are fun
 
2013-11-29 11:53:08 AM  
I never understood why DW fans didn't just call themselves Whos and gather in Whoville.
 
2013-11-29 11:53:08 AM  

UrukHaiGuyz: El Freak: I didn't think ANYBODY took Doctor Who seriously. It's completely silly, cheesy fun, which is why I love it.

So like Star Trek, then.


Depends on which Star Trek you mean, but in general no; if anything it's the opposite.  The 80s-90s Trek (so TNG/DS9/Voyager) took itself VERY seriously, and (TNG/VOY in particular) spewed tremendous amounts of technobabble.

Doctor Who doesn't even try to do that.  It handwaves, and it knows it handwaves, and it knows the AUDIENCE knows.  It's too busy just having fun to care.

I like them both, but they're very different.
 
2013-11-29 11:55:39 AM  

bborchar: dajoro: I've never met anyone who watches that show.  Outside of England, I don't think anyone cares about or likes the show.  As science fiction, Dr. Who is simply ridiculous.  It's an embarrassment.

The Day of the Doctor just made $10 million in a limited showing worldwide, almost half of which was in the US for one night.  I think there are people 'outside of England' who like the show.


No kidding!! I live in Ecuador and was failry suprised that the "Day of the Doctor" was announced on theater... even more surprised that the screening was sold out just a few hours after the announcement... Oh, well... I hope the Chrismtas special gets similar treatment.

I always found kinda sad that some people just seem to lose any semblance of childish enjoyment about things.

Yeah, there is a thing as "too much escapism", but as long as you're still responsible with yourself and your commitments and are not really harming anybody, who the hell cares what's your brand of entertainment?

Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Friendship is Magic, etc... may seem childish, may seem ridiculous... but what the hell, is just so much fun!
 
2013-11-29 11:56:44 AM  
I remember my parents watching some version of Dr. Who on CBC when I was a kid in the late 80's.

Then as I was growing up I never heard about it. Until the last couple of years. I guess there's a new one on? Some wispy-haired slender fellow is Dr. Who? I don't even know the premise.

I know his base is a phone booth that is infinitely vast inside.
I know he uses a... magic screwdriver... to do anything

That's pretty much it. I didn't even know people "hated" Dr. Who fans. All I know is the circles I run in, it's not a thing. But around 15% of the internet that I see is obsessed with it.

/meh, to each their own
 
2013-11-29 11:56:55 AM  

dajoro: I've never met anyone who watches that show.  Outside of England, I don't think anyone cares about or likes the show.  As science fiction, Dr. Who is simply ridiculous.  It's an embarrassment.


Come on, you are almost there. You have to get it to the right point by praising a show that you know people either love or hate, like Babylon 5.
 
2013-11-29 11:58:20 AM  

Millennium: I never understood why DW fans didn't just call themselves Whos and gather in Whoville.




Because we respect the Dr Seuss cops layers who got there first.

Doctor Who Fans... We're polite!
 
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