Kino tax was a term coined by casualwhostream user TOMTIT on March 3, 2018. It was originally used in reference to the obligatory inclusion of "iconic" monsters such as the Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels in Hell Bent. The definition of the term quickly expanded to include anything and everything that we viewers must suffer through as the price for kino - anything that's done "because it's the done thing", "because we need it for the kids", "because we need to sell toys", or countless other similar justifications. As a concept, it usefully encapsulates a major aspect of the abusive relationship between Doctor Who and its loyal viewers.
Examples of kino tax
The following list should be considered a work in progress, as there will likely continue to be more examples for as long as Doctor Who continues to exist.
- Daleks turning up every year in some capacity (previously thought to be a stipulation of the Nation Estate's agreement with the BBC, this is in fact a simple example of kino tax).
- Parping comedy music in every humorous scene.
- I am The Doctor playing too often during the whole of Matt's run.
- Scenes I don't like in episodes I do like.
- Mark Gatiss episodes.
- Farting Slitheen.
- The scene where the TARDIS fires a new sonic screwdriver at Twelve in Hell Bent, but they did not actually have the prop itself during shooting, so it appears as a horribly stitched-in cutout (and we see a shot of someone else's hands).
The First Doctor's 'politically incorrect' quips in TWAT.Disregard that, the whole story was shit from beginning to end.
- Every Doctor having a catchphrase of some sort.
- The War Doctor's final words being a crack about Eccleston's ears.
- Samuel Anderson's acting in Listen.
- That one really noticeable cut in the audio during the first few minutes of Heaven Sent.
- GoPro shots in any Rachel Talalay episode.
- Blue tints for night scenes in a Rachel Talalay episode.
- Karen Gillan's delivery of "you are late for my WEDDING-AH!" in The Big Bang.
- The majority of classic series companions, being flat, characterless boards the Doctor can bounce setting and plot exposition off of to keep the story moving.
- The Chibnall Era in general is Kino Back-taxes after the glorious excesses of the Moffat Era.
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