The Classic show often had plots that dealt with controversy. For example, it is said that executives saw the Sixth Doctor's tenure as abusive and violent (e.g. choking Peri). On the positive side, we had matter of fact scenarios that showed females as independent (e.g. Sarah Jane in The Time Warrior). Now, in a politically correct age, how has time changed the writer's approach to controversial subjects and scenarios? Do you believe that there is a significant difference between the perceptions/expectations of the Classic audience and today’s audience? What differences in the approach to story arc, subject matter, approach to character, and audience reception stand out for you?
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