- Category: Entertainment
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2011 16:48
- Written by Lara Landis
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Terry Pratchett recently attacked Doctor Who for its ludicrous, unbelievable plots. The author, who began his career by parodying Conan the Barbarian stories is no stranger to outlandish fiction. His own creation involves a world that is flat as a pancake. The world is held up by four elephants who in turn sit on the back of a giant turtle.
Although this Indo-European idea may be ludicrous, Discworld is fantasy. The plots do not have to be real. Doctor Who presents itself as science fiction. The Discworld author noted that the modern Doctor Who plots continuously rely on deus ex machina.
Pratchett did not say he did not enjoy the show, but that he needed to set aside his brain when Doctor Who airs. The author, who was recently given knighthood, currently suffers from Alzheimer's disease and has ended the popular book series.
Pratchett suggested that Doctor has become increasingly godlike. He has become more omniscient, if not increasingly omnipotent. A First Post author speculated that the position of God may be vacant. The Doctor is as qualified as anyone else to fill the vacancy.
It seems odd that a legendary British fantasy author would be attacking a British Science Fiction legend, but Pratchett never said he did not enjoy the show. The Discworld author may not be ready to write a Doctor Who plot, but Neil Gaiman, who co-authored Good Omens with Pratchett, has written one episode in the new series.