Not recommended under 9, PG to 13 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 9||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children 9 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children 13 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Dr Who: The Day of the Doctor|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild science fiction themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This film was made to commemorate the Dr Who series’ 50th anniversary.
The story follows three interconnected time lines. It begins in the present where we find the most recent version of Doctor Who (Matt Smith) reunited with his assistant Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). The Pair are hijacked by UNIT (British secret government agency) led by scientific advisor Kate Steward (Jemma Redgrave), who takes The Doctor and Clara to the tower of London. The Doctor is shown a 3D Time Lord painting, secreted away by Queen Elizabeth I, depicting the city of Arcadia in flames a result of a war between the Daleks and the Time Lords of Gallifrey.
The film’s second timeline set in 1568 finds the tenth Doctor (David Tennant) having a romantic interlude with Queen Elizabeth I. Their romance is interrupted when shape-shifting aliens called Zygons arrive on the scene intent on replicating the Queen of England so that they can take her place and take over the world.
The third timeline revolves around the Time Wars between the Time Lords of Gallifrey and the Daleks where we find yet another incarnation of the Doctor, the War Doctor (John Hurt). He is in the process of stealing a forbidden Gallifreyan weapon, capable of mass destruction, which he intends to use to destroy the Daleks, and Gallifrey with them, thus killing many innocent people. The Doctor escapes with the weapon, taking it to a deserted planet, but when he attempts to activate the weapon he finds it has a sentient consciousness that represents itself in the form of one of the Doctor’s past companions Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). She causes the Doctor the question his conscience and the consequences of his actions.
The remainder of the film revolves around the three separate timelines connecting with the three Doctors joining forces to find a solution that will prevent the Zygons from taking over the Earth and the War Doctor from using his stolen weapon of mass destruction.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Time travel; alien beings; sacrificing lives to save others
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
The film contains science fiction action violence, peril, and threats of violence relating to the use of weapons of mass destruction: Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
Nothing of concern in the movie but plenty of associated merchandise
The film contains some occasional low-level sexual references and innuendo designed to have comical intent. Examples include:
The film contains no nudity and occasional scenes depicting brief low-level sexual activity. Examples include:
None of concern
Very mild. Examples include:
Dr Who: The Day of the Doctor is a science fiction action film targeting a wide ranging audience, particularly fans of the Doctor Who TV series who will enjoy seeing several “Doctors” on the screen at once. It celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the TV series with the usual mixture of drama and humour, and fans will not be disappointed.
Younger children are likely to find the film’s multiple story lines and characters confusing and there are some scary scenes and characters. The scenes of transformation from human to alien are likely to be particularly disturbing for under 8s and the intensity is increased in the 3D version.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may wish to discuss with their children the concept of sacrificing the few to save the many. Are there any situations when sacrificing the life of one individual to save a greater number is justified? Is it a no-win situation? What would the real-life consequences be to the person who had to make such a choice?
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