- Note — this may belong in Poison Oak Epileptic Trees.
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are a screening program for the next Time Lord.There's a young, amnesic Time Lord somewhere on earth, and they were originally being screened through a game show. The network execs either misinterpreted the purpose of the show, or were pawns of The Master, and turned it into one big dating sim.
Alternately, the contest is for the companion.As the Doctor Who WMG says, The Bachelor is weaker than The Master (you receive your Bachelor's degree before you receive your Master's. The Bachelor is good enough to fight of the Monster of the Week, but is not good enough to fight the Daleks, Cybermen, or The Master. The Bachelor says he's looking for a wife, but he's actually screening for a companion. It's the same Time Lord each season n a different regeneration. Genre Blind. Either they look long and hard for these idiots, or they build the idiocy into the contracts.
Reality TV participants agreed to act and keep kayfabe behind closed doorsThe cast of the Jersey Shore may not act that ridiculous when the cameras aren't on them; they simply want to make good TV. (it's the same reason the people being followed on COPS don't give the perps time to actually comply before getting rough with them).
The dessert chefs of Top Chef: Just Desserts will reunite for another reality show — Survivor: Top Chef.Seriously, this batch of chefs is more ruthless than some seasons' Survivor casts. It's only natural.