History YMMV / DoctorWho

3rd May '16 4:26:17 PM Berrenta
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** The Twelfth Doctor had a similar situation to the Tenth as far as debuts went (Series 8) -- the fantastic lead performance by Creator/PeterCapaldi was hamstrung by his character's personality initially coming off as too grumpy and insensitive (though this [[CharacterDevelopment starts softening]] as early as episode 3, "Robot of Sherwood"), companion Clara became a SpotlightStealingSquad and RomanticPlotTumor via belated CharacterDevelopment after serving as more puzzle than person in Series 7, and there were a few absurd-even-by-''Who''-standards plots in "Kill the Moon" and "In the Forest of the Night". Series 9, which consisted primarily of multi-parters -- allowing for character-based, introspective, slower-moving stories still filled with comedy and action -- took the strengths of Series 8 and '''ran''' with them. Even the debate over the finale "Hell Bent"'s effectiveness in tying up the year's {{Story Arc}}s (particularly Clara's fate) couldn't undo the acclaim many episodes, ''especially'' "Heaven Sent", and the season as a whole received. Also counts as ItGetsBetter, as familiarity with Series 8's events and ''especially'' how they affected Clara and the Doctor's CharacterDevelopment is needed to fully understand Series 9.

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** The Twelfth Doctor had a similar situation to the Tenth as far as debuts went (Series 8) -- the fantastic lead performance by Creator/PeterCapaldi was hamstrung by his character's personality initially coming off as too grumpy and insensitive (though this [[CharacterDevelopment starts softening]] as early as episode 3, "Robot of Sherwood"), companion Clara became a SpotlightStealingSquad and RomanticPlotTumor via belated CharacterDevelopment after serving as more puzzle than person in Series 7, and there were a few absurd-even-by-''Who''-standards plots in "Kill the Moon" and "In the Forest of the Night". Series 9, which consisted primarily of multi-parters -- allowing for character-based, introspective, slower-moving stories still filled with comedy and action -- took the strengths of Series 8 and '''ran''' with them. Even the debate over the finale "Hell Bent"'s effectiveness in tying up the year's {{Story Arc}}s (particularly Clara's fate) couldn't undo the acclaim many episodes, ''especially'' "Heaven Sent", and the season as a whole received. Also counts as ItGetsBetter, as familiarity Familiarity with Series 8's events and ''especially'' how they affected Clara and the Doctor's CharacterDevelopment is needed to fully understand Series 9.
27th Apr '16 11:53:26 AM skidoo23
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** Thanks to DVD releases, a lot of fans have given the critically maligned Seventh Doctor era a positive reassessment, with Season 26 in particular now acclaimed as one of the strongest of the entire series, even though that was the year the ratings bottomed out and the original series was terminated, while some fans were mounting a campaign to have the showrunner ousted.
** Modern Era showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat endure a lot of hatred from some aspects of fandom. There have been many cases of people going into modern Doctor Who expecting a trainwreck based upon what they've read on forums, etc., and coming away wondering what show the haters were actually watching.


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*** A term used to refer to inaccurate memories of lost or not-seen-in-decades episodes, "the memory cheats", is often invoked within ''Doctor Who'' fandom.


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** "Hell Bent" suggests that the lifespan of the universe is measured in mere ''billions'' of years, when in fact scientists estimate the universe is more likely to survive for many ''trillions'' of years. This error also reflects a research failure within the show itself, as the episode "Utopia" had already established that the end of the universe occurs at some point after the year 100 trillion.
27th Apr '16 11:43:48 AM skidoo23
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** Any hint of romance between the Doctor and his companions leads to endless debate and arguments between fans who either believe the Doctor to be asexual an incapable of such feelings and those who see it as a realistic scenario given his tendency to travel with beautiful young women with whom he often forms deep bonds in life-endangering circumstances (a scenario that usually triggers romance in most fiction). Even when the show makes it unambiguous that the Doctor and a companion are in a romance - or even, in one case, get ''married'' - the debate persists with some fans applauding it and others claiming it ruins the show or the characters.



** Most media coverage of new companion Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) at the start focused on her skimpy kissogram costume in her first episode.
** There were some media attempts at this when Jenna Coleman made her first appearance in "Asylum of the Daleks", in which Oswin wore a short, form-fitting dress, and the fact a miniseries titled ''Room at the Top'' in which Coleman appeared topless aired soon after didn't help matters. Ultimately averted, however, as the decision was made to dress Clara conservatively.



** The revival series go for eighty dollars for just ''one'' series. The seasons are usually sold in two parts, which are sometimes cheaper, but leaves the specials out. The 2012 box set went for about $240 and the 2014 for $350 and both are considered a steal; paying full-price for each season would easily cost half a thousand dollars. And then there's the Torchwood [=DVDs=]...

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** The revival series go DVDs varied in price wildly, with some parts of the world seeing rather high prices charged for eighty dollars for just ''one'' series. The seasons are usually sold in two parts, which are sometimes cheaper, but leaves box sets, though less-expensive half-season sets were also available and discounted reissues followed.
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the specials out. The 2012 box set went for about $240 and the 2014 for $350 and both are considered a steal; paying full-price for each season would easily advent of streaming, this cost half a thousand dollars. And then there's the Torchwood [=DVDs=]...issue has become moot for many people as they are now able to view virtually all existing episodes on services such as Netflix, Amazon and Playstation.
24th Apr '16 4:11:18 PM Temmere
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* BrokenBase: Now has [[Monster/{{DoctorWho}} its own page]].

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* BrokenBase: Now has [[Monster/{{DoctorWho}} [[BrokenBase/{{DoctorWho}} its own page]].
23rd Apr '16 7:26:03 AM Temmere
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** "Genesis of the Daleks" has two scenes that have loomed large not just over that story but over the entire franchise. The first is The Doctor asking Davros if he would use a virus that would destroy all life, and Davros's maniacal answer; the second is The Doctor, on the brink of wiping out the Daleks, wondering if he has the right to do so.
20th Apr '16 12:40:16 AM erforce
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** King Richard the Lionheart from ''The Crusaders'' and Count Scarlotti from ''City of Death'' would become [[StarWarsTheEmpireStrikesBack General Veers]] and [[IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]], the last bringing the RetroactiveRecognition inadvertently full circle.

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** King Richard the Lionheart from ''The Crusaders'' and Count Scarlotti from ''City of Death'' would become [[StarWarsTheEmpireStrikesBack General Veers]] and [[IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]], the last bringing the RetroactiveRecognition inadvertently full circle.
15th Apr '16 6:58:49 PM skidoo23
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* RuleOfSeanConnery: No matter how bad a particular storyline might be, or even an entire production era, odds are someone will point out that the best part about the episode/era is the actor playing the Doctor and often (but not always) the companion(s) as well.
15th Apr '16 6:49:01 PM skidoo23
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* MoffsLaw: Often a factor when fans get into emotional debate over an aspect of the series. Regardless the era or the nature of the "complaint", someone will invoke the law at some point.



** Clara Oswald and Danny Pink are this to some fans too. The relationship has rushed development that includes getting together at the end of "Listen" when they'd ''just'' endured a disastrous date. Wooden acting and bad writing on Danny's end really did not help.

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** Clara Oswald and Danny Pink are this to some fans too. The relationship has rushed development that includes getting together at the end of "Listen" when they'd ''just'' endured a disastrous date. Wooden acting and bad writing on Danny's end really did not help.help, nor did the unsubtle introduction of a LoveTriangle -esque scenario midway through the season (Clara continuing to travel with the Doctor while lying to Danny about it).
31st Mar '16 4:05:01 AM MrThorfan64
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* BrokenBase: Now has [[Monster/{{DoctorWho}} its own page]].
31st Mar '16 4:03:41 AM MrThorfan64
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* BrokenBase: The first rule of the ''Doctor Who'' fanbase, is there is no such thing as a common consensus on ''any'' story ''ever''. For every fan that likes something in this show, there is a fan that hates it, and vice versa. Just look at the ''Who'' entries under [[Awesome/DoctorWho Awesome]], [[Narm/DoctorWho Narm]], [[TearJerker/DoctorWho Tear Jerker]], etc. The overlap is something like '''90%'''.
** Fans are divided over whether LighterAndSofter or DarkerAndEdgier is better.
** It is considered traditional (or so it seems, anyway) that once a new Doctor comes along a good percentage of the fanbase compensates by declaring that the Doctor who has recently departed, regardless of how popular and acclaimed he may have been during his tenure, was actually no good and we're good to see the back of him. This has happened numerous times, including without exception when Tennant, Smith and Capaldi took on the role. Similarly also occurs when a new companion is introduced or a new producer takes over. Usually adjusts itself within a few months as (again, acclaim and popularity being ignored) some fans will start pining for the previous era.\\

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* BrokenBase: CargoShip:
** Some fans pair Doctor and sonic screwdriver.
The series itself has lampshaded this by having the Doctor actually acknowledge this in [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]] and in the made-for-DVD mini-episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33ShortClaraAndTheTardis "Clara and the TARDIS"]] Clara Oswald says the Doctor is in a "co-dependent" relationship with his screwdriver.
** The ''show itself'' pairs the Doctor and the TARDIS. (With some serious squick potential when we see the ship's Cronenberg-esque telepathic circuits for the
first rule time in Series 8.) This climaxes in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] when the TARDIS - the titular "wife" of the ''Doctor Who'' fanbase, title - briefly takes on human form and ultimately is there heard to say "I love you" to the Doctor before she reverts to her original form.
* CompleteMonster: Now has [[Monster/{{Whoniverse}} its own page]].
* CrackIsCheaper: Classic serials are each collected, packaged, and sold on individual [=DVDs=], rather than being grouped together by season or by Doctor. Collecting them all can quickly get very, very expensive. (To be fair, this
is no such thing as in part due to the fact full season sets are impossible for several Doctors, and because of the serialized nature of the show at that time, each storyline is treated like a common consensus on ''any'' story ''ever''. For movie, with is own making-of documentary and supplementary material. It also offers the added bonus of allowing buyers to (for the most part) avoid stories they don't like).
** The revival series go for eighty dollars for just ''one'' series. The seasons are usually sold in two parts, which are sometimes cheaper, but leaves the specials out. The 2012 box set went for about $240 and the 2014 for $350 and both are considered a steal; paying full-price for each season would easily cost half a thousand dollars. And then there's the Torchwood [=DVDs=]...
* CrazyAwesome:
** Pretty much
every fan Doctor.
** Vincent van Gogh. He's the only person who can see the MonsterOfTheWeek. So he ''stabs it with his easel.'' [[AlasPoorVillain It works.]]
** Some of River's stunts are this. Highlights include jumping out of an airlock, confident
that likes something in this show, there is a fan that hates it, the Doctor would show up to save her and vice versa. Just look at defacing the ''Who'' entries under [[Awesome/DoctorWho Awesome]], [[Narm/DoctorWho Narm]], [[TearJerker/DoctorWho Tear Jerker]], etc. The overlap oldest mountain in the universe to leave a message for him. [[spoiler:Oh, and fighting Nazis with regeneration]].
** John Simm's Master.
** Missy.
* CreatorsPet: Adric.
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* CreepyAwesome: In general, if a villain or monster
is something like '''90%'''.popular, at least part of it comes from the fans being terrified of it.
* CriticalBacklash: There comes a point at which the sheer amount of hatred that gets directed at the Sixth Doctor makes it difficult not to root for him as a GoodIsNotNice AntiHero.
* CriticalDissonance:
** Fans are divided over The show is a very LongRunner and for a very long time (due to home video not being invented) there was simply no way to find out the quality of stories you had missed (due to ''not having been born when they aired'') save for: 1) buying one of the [[PragmaticAdaptation heavily altered]] and [[TheyJustDidntCare variable]] in [[DoingItForTheArt quality]] Target novelisations, or 2) buying a book written by someone who had seen the episode in question summarising what it was about and, more importantly, saying whether LighterAndSofter or DarkerAndEdgier is better.
** It is considered traditional (or so
not it seems, anyway) that once a new Doctor comes along a good percentage was good. Both these methods led to serious distortions of truth in the fanbase compensates by declaring that the Doctor who has recently departed, regardless of how popular and acclaimed he may have been during his tenure, was actually no good and we're good to see the back of him. This has happened numerous times, including without exception when Tennant, Smith and Capaldi took on the role. Similarly also occurs when a new companion is introduced or a new producer takes over. Usually adjusts itself within a few months as (again, acclaim and popularity being ignored) some fans will start pining for the previous era.fandom.\\



Season premieres also fall into this category, twice over if they introduce a new Doctor. Fans are always split between those who love the new direction/new arc/new Doctor and those who feel the premiere was a let down/the new Doctor underwhelms/(Producer name) must go, etc.
** Anything related to the Doctor and romance breaks the base between those who have no problem with it and those who feel the Doctor, and the series, should remain totally asexual (see also Star Trek). Some classic fans also feel that the romantic plots have somewhat taken away from the "monster-fighting" aspect. This is a major bone of contention that has led to broken base with regards to the Davies and Moffat eras of the show.\\

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Season premieres also fall into this category, twice over if they introduce a new Doctor. Fans are always split between those A particular 1980s review tome - "Doctor Who: A Celebration" - contained reviews of all of the stories, in some case based on guesswork themselves (looking at the general quality of actors playing guest stars) which were taken as gospel by people who love had never actually seen the new direction/new arc/new Doctor stories, leading to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters "The Gunfighters"]]'s reputation as an absolute disaster and those who feel the premiere was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker "The Celestial Toymaker"]]'s reputation as a let down/the new Doctor underwhelms/(Producer name) must go, etc.
** Anything related to the Doctor and romance breaks the base between those who have no problem with it and those who feel the Doctor, and the series, should remain totally asexual (see also Star Trek). Some
classic fans also feel - there is an anecdote about a woman who stood up at a ''Who''-con to announce that the romantic plots have somewhat taken away from two aliens she definitely didn't want to see return were [[SpecialEffectsFailure the "monster-fighting" aspect. This is a major bone of contention Zarbi]] and [[CriticalResearchFailure the Gunfighters]]. Now that has led to broken base with regards all the surviving footage is widely available thanks to the Davies internet and Moffat eras of [=DVDs=], fans nowadays (such as ExpandedUniverse and new series writer Creator/PaulCornell) tend to find that "The Gunfighters" is a self-referential and funny comedy episode and "The Celestial Toymaker" is slow-paced, badly-plotted, [[YellowPeril racist]] garbage - but "The Celestial Toymaker" had the show.benefit of a quality actor playing the villain and a quirky premise, while "The Gunfighters" had no-names and a very straightforward "the Doctor in the Wild West" premise.\\



The increased emphasis on romance and character relations has brought with it an increased emphasis on {{Shipping}}, occasionally resulting in ShipToShipCombat within fandom. Arguments can and have been fought over whether Rose Tyler / Martha Jones / Donna Noble / Amy Pond / River Song / Clara Oswald (delete as applicable) is the Doctor's One ''And Only'' True Love. Considering that Donna has absolutely no canon feelings towards the Doctor unlike the others, and Amy got over hers with minimal angsting over it ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice"]] was really the only episode to play it up) and chose Rory (never mind becoming the Doctor's ''mother-in-law'' eventually) fuels even further argument. The end of Series 9 caused quite a bit of fandom shipper rivalry given that it went straight from the epic romance of a trilogy of episodes in which the Doctor threatens to destroy existence itself in order to prevent his [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]], Clara, from dying, into the 2015 Christmas special which was all about the Doctor's love for his long-deceased (from his perspective) wife, River Song.\\
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There's also the old-school series's famously heavy gay male fanbase (including several famous {{Promoted Fanboy}}s), who enjoyed the series because the Doctor was the only TV hero whose heterosexuality wasn't forced down their throats, and see the HoYay in Moffat's era as more QueerPeopleAreFunny. With regards to the Davies era, there's a further division between those who were happy with Nine kissing Jack and the intense HomoeroticSubtext between Ten and the Simm!Master, and those who think that the same-sex attraction was too downplayed compared to his opposite-sex attraction to Rose and Reinette. The irony of course is Davies, who is not only openly gay but created the iconic ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' to boot, was the writer responsible for establishing the relationship between the Doctor and Rose in the first place.
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The show also has a large agender and asexual fanbase who similarly appreciated a hero who wasn't necessarily attracted to either gender. Within this contingent, however, there is divided opinion with those who don't have a problem with shipping the Doctor with other characters.
** Season 17, sparklingly intelligent highpoint of the show as comedy or unfunny, underwritten, overeducated tosh made with contempt for anyone who wasn't at Cambridge with Creator/DouglasAdams?
** Creator/JohnNathanTurner, producer who did his best under difficult circumstances or the Devil Incarnate Himself?
** Creator/ColinBaker, crap performance or good performance in crap scripts?
** [[SeasonalRot Worst Season Ever]], 22, 23, or 24?
** Seasons 25-6, the final nail in the show's coffin or brilliant comeback ScrewedByTheNetwork?
** There's the conflicts between fans of the classic series who view the new series and everything about it as a betrayal as all they felt the show stood for, and the fans of the new series who view the classic series as a creaky, irrelevant old relic badly in need of being updated in the first place.
** Creator/RussellTDavies versus Creator/StevenMoffat; who's better?
** For Creator/RussellTDavies there are fans who love the changes he made to the show and for bringing it back from the dead. They also enjoy his character work and characters in general plus the loss focus on plots that are over complicated and arcs that are not in your face. Detractors point out the wangsty way The Doctor and Rose behave plus hate the Doctor/Rose ship in general. Solutions to episodes coming out of nowhere and overuse of the Daleks for finales are also problems they have.
** The fandom are highly contested over Creator/StevenMoffat's time as showrunner. His fans praise him for having more complex and involved story arcs (as opposed to Russell T's ArcWords), more original monsters instead of just reusing classic villains, and using time travel and alien worlds more often. His detractors claim that his plots are confusing and needlessly obsessed with being "clever" to the point of including [[PlotHole plot holes]] and silly explanations, his companions lack the emotional depth of characters like Martha or Donna, and that (especially in seasons 6 and 7) he's mistreated the companions and used them as puzzles instead of people. Also, how well he writes his female characters is a ''huge'' point of heated debate, especially on Website/{{Tumblr}}. His use of sitcom and soap opera-esque elements is also a subject of debate - not usually about the quality, but about whether or not it fits into the program. [[http://www.theatlantic.com/ted-b-kissell/ It got to the point where one editor of The Atlantic spent the entirety of his articles at the magazine bashing Moffat.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild "An Unearthly Child"]] has this after the first episode. Is it 3 dull episodes of running around with cavemen after a gripping start or well-thought out and continuing the themes of the first episode?
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]]: A lot of fans have complained about this story for taking place entirely on Gallifrey, and thus stripping the Time Lords of much of their mystery. On top of that, the portrayal of the Time Lords contradicts previous ones - instead of an awe-inspiring race of god-like beings, they're a bunch of petty, pompous, lying, self-serving bureaucrats with no ''idea'' of the sort of power they wield. And then it introduced the idea of the thirteen-incarnation limit which a lot of fans wish later writers hadn't dwelt on.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros "Vengeance on Varos"]]. Another overly violent story where the Doctor is a jerk who doesn't really help? Or a self-aware and cleverly thought of satire on reality TV? It helps this has gone through ValuesResonance with today's emphasis on reality TV and the success of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters"]]. Wonderfully absurd break from the action or a loathsome piece of {{filler}}? Also the fellatio joke at the end; silly and harmless line of dialogue or {{Squick}}y and unnecessary?
** Series 2. While the presence of 10 and Rose, voted in a Radio Times 2013 Poll the best Doctor and companion, would seem to make this a favourite a lot of people see it as being too silly and the TARDIS team being too unpleasant and annoying. It also produced an episode that is a major Broken Base, the really poorly thought of "Fear Her", although the finale is well thought of.
** Some fans see the two parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] as an epic work of Creator/RussellTDavies, tying his work together, while others see it as a self-indulgent mess more like a shipping fic. Rose haters hated Rose somehow getting the Doctor and say she was unnecessary, while many people who liked Rose felt it was a poor follow-up which negated what many thought of as one of the best companion departures.
** The Tenth Doctor's regeneration in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]. Half the fandom regard it as a TearJerker, while the other believes it to be {{Wangst}}.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]:
*** When the trailer came out, fans went wild over the inclusion of Billie Piper. When she ended up playing an AI instead of Rose Tyler fans were split over whether or not it had been a good idea: some wanted to see Rose Tyler again and have her meet the Eleventh Doctor while others were glad that the actress brought back without reprising the role.
*** Clara suddenly being able to close the TARDIS' doors with a snap of her fingers, doing cool stunts on her motorcycle and managing to talk the Doctor down from burning Gallifrey again. Audience reactions ranged from "Wow!" to "What the hell?!" She's becoming very divisive in the fanbase. Part of the issue is that the finger snapping to close the door was a big deal for the Doctor to do, so for Clara to just casually do it is a bit off-putting. That and it marks the fact that the TARDIS has apparently done a 180 on its opinion of her (it had previously blatantly hated her) [[FridgeBrilliance because the paradoxes surrounding Clara have been resolved!]] It's probably also because Clara (i.e. the Gallifreyan version of her) introduced the Doctor to his TARDIS. Though that brings up its own issues since the TARDIS explicitly stated it chose the Doctor. (Note: the preceding was written prior to Series 8 and 9 in which it was established that Clara was becoming a DistaffCounterpart to the Doctor. Her ability to control the TARDIS in this way was seen as an element of her becoming more like the Doctor. Which then ties in with those fans who felt Clara became too powerful for a companion.)
*** Some fans of the classic ''Who'' felt the special was more of an anniversary special on the new era rather than a celebration of all of ''Who'' history outside a few cameos and the fact that the event that separates old from new Who is the focus of the plot. Fans who joined in during the reboot pointed out that the Big Finish Audio Drama, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night of the Doctor"]] and ''The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot'' were all more focused on Classic ''Who''. And the cameo of Tom Baker, plus the quips of the War Doctor at the behaviors of Ten and Eleven took a great big nod at the classic roots.
*** TheReveal that the Doctors managed to save Gallifrey instead of destroying it. While many fans loved the uplifting ending, and many Classic Who fans were just happy to have Gallifrey back and the Doctor not committing genocide against his own people, there were plenty of RTD era fans who were actually furious with Moffat for removing what had been an essential part of the Doctor's backstory for the past eight years.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]]:
*** Whether the Doctor slapping Clara's butt (when introduced as her "boyfriend" to her family) is playful and cute or sexist and not appropriate for a family show. Or just the Doctor having NoSocialSkills.
*** While fans don't mind the War Doctor being added as a numbered Doctor, some don't like adding the Tenth Doctor's partial regeneration, saying that Moffat added it just for angst. And caused continuity errors with several earlier episodes, which would have played out very differently if the Eleventh Doctor had been planned to be on his last regeneration from the start. Then again, if it weren't a regeneration, Time Lords would be able to lop off body parts after a regeneration, regrow them, and then avert loads of regenerations by draining the energy into the severed parts, something they obviously don't do. This may have been a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, however.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]]. Perhaps "broken" is too strong a term, but the episode and the introduction of a new Doctor lived up to the tradition of fans (and critics) being divided on their merits, with some fans declaring it an instant classic while others decried it as a waste and called for Creator/StevenMoffat's ouster; Creator/PeterCapaldi's bow as the new Doctor received a far more positive response, though there were still vocal fans who felt he'd been miscast.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E2IntoTheDalek "Into the Dalek"]] is quite the controversial episode, thanks to it being a bit unclear just how much we're supposed to agree with the Doctor's ArmiesAreEvil stance. Subsequent episodes amplified this.
*** Clara's slapping of the Doctor (coupled with her later Head Slap in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] and her threat to "slap you so hard you'll regenerate" in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]]) led to complaints by sensitive fans concerned it advocated spousal/relationship abuse. Whether this was intended or not, it may not be coincidental that in Series 9 Clara no longer slapped or threatened to slap the Doctor and, perhaps symbolically, she started to tenderly stroke his cheek, instead.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]]:
*** A large percentage of fans responded positively to this episode, with some going so far as to naming it Best.Episode.Ever. A large percentage of fans were decidedly unimpressed, with some going so far as to naming it Worst.Episode.Ever. While this is nothing unusual with sci-fi fans, there seems to have been a large contingent of episode-haters who have gone onto the various forums honestly perplexed at its acclaim, moreso than most episodes of this type. Exacerbated by the fact Moffat is fast approaching, if not already past, the "best before" date usually set on showrunners by some aspects of fandom (most sci-fi showrunners end up being increasingly hated if they stick around for more than a few years). By comparison, Russell Davies had just produced [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]] at the same point in his tenure.
*** The fact that Clara once again has a huge role in the Doctor's past. Some don't mind, others are tired of this.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]]:
*** It seems that the fandom is on the fence about whether Clara's WhatTheHellHero speech to the Doctor was deserved or whether the Doctor was respecting humanity by taking a step back and letting them make their own decisions and she is simply overreacting.
*** Or whether the Doctor's intentions were noble and just his execution that botched it all up. ([[http://www.cultbox.co.uk/interviews/exclusives/doctor-who-interview-peter-harness-kill-the-moon Which seems to be what the author was aiming at]])
*** A few have also questioned whether Clara had the right to overrule the votes of the whole Earth. In fairness, switching off the big lights was unlikely to be individuals voting - it takes Governments to turn off streetlights in entire districts!
*** Fans seem to be particularly split on the scientific accuracy (or, rather lack of) of the episode, with some displaying total loss of their collective suspension of disbelief, while others seem puzzled why they find the fake science so much harder to swallow than that in numerous other episodes ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement not naming particular examples]]).
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline "Flatline"]]. Considering how Clara's one of the more divisive companions in the revived series, a DayInTheLimelight episode focusing on her was inevitably going to face this. However some people think it's the best episode of Series 8.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]]:
*** This episode could be considered the archetype for this trope, given the fan reaction to Missy actually being a female incarnation of the Master, exploding the debate over whether the Doctor should someday be played by a woman. Although the producers have frequently lied about future plans for the series many times before (with Steven Moffat openly stating that this is his modus operandi), some fans have seen this as the last straw. Meanwhile, a huge contingent of fans acclaimed the episode, loved the twist, and felt all was right with the world. Additionally, there are arguments over sexual orientation representation, with some fans viewing it as homophobic that the Master is only allowed to kiss the Doctor when she's a woman, and others viewing it as progressive treatment of Gallifreyan gender ambiguity.
*** There's also the debate over whether the Master should have come back at all, given his highly rousing exit in his previous appearance that easily could have stood as his permanent departure from the show.
*** And several more would have preferred her to be The Rani who is often brought up in relation to female villains (it is practically a meme for a new female character to be speculated to be The Rani.) or some one new.
*** The plot points concerning the dead still being conscious (even though this was a scam perpetrated by the Master) were sufficiently disturbing to enough of the audience that the BBC actually had to issue a press release defending the story.
*** Clara's attempt to blackmail the Doctor into saving Danny. For many, this was the final straw and many stated their dislike of Clara for being childish enough to be willing to destroy the TARDIS keys (at least, in her head) over Danny (as was proven in Nine's season, '''this should never be done'''). Others, meanwhile, felt it greatly expanded on Twelve and Clara's relationship and loved it.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven "Death in Heaven"]]:
*** As is customary for nearly every ''Doctor Who'' episode. In this case, the break is between those fans who thought the Brigadier's return as a Cyberman was a touching tribute, and those who thought it was in the worst possible taste. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Or for some people, the concern was he lacked a mustache and a UNIT uniform to signify that this really was the Brig.]] Others loved the fact that not only was the Brig back, but he could now fly and had laser beams.
*** Another issue with this for fans was that the Brig's death had been made an important emotional moment for the Eleventh Doctor at the end of Series 6, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot after the real-life passing of Nicholas Courtney]], so suddenly reviving him felt like dishonoring the memory of both the character and the actor.
*** Osgood's death got a lot of fans upset, coming off as a positively Joss Whedon-esque case of killing a character purely for the sake of killing a character. WordOfGod is that it was necessary to establish Missy as being truly evil, after a very quirky and sometimes downright amusing introduction in the preceding episode, and that Osgood was the only expendable character given Kate needed to be saved by her father and killing off a red-shirt would've been forgettable. However, Osgood being nothing less than a representation of the fandom, scarf, sand-shoes, bowtie and all (and being portrayed positively in that role, unlike classic-era [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy Whiz]] [[TakeThatAudience Kid]]) made [[DroppedABridgeOnHim the dropping of a bridge on her]] all the more unpleasant and controversy-inducing.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]]:
*** This episode marks [[spoiler: the return of Galifrey]] after nine series of the revived series. It then gets relegated to a subplot to deal with Clara's departure. Some are O.K with this as they view [[spoiler: Galifrey]] as something best left in the background to preserve mystery; others really hate how Clara took over an episode that should have been about resolving a ten year plot point (though it has only been mentioned infrequently [[spoiler: even after the path to Galifrey's return was made it was only mentioned about three times.]])
*** Clara's departure is also a sticking point; a excellent way to close her character arc or further proof that she is a MarySue with more attention than any other companion. [[spoiler: Then there is the matter of it lessening the impact of a heart-breaking death in "Face the Raven". The Moffatt era has many detractors who think that death is no longer credible with how often people get revived.]]
** Clara being kept on as a companion for yet another series, making her tied with Karen Gillan as the longest-running New Who companion. Fans of her character were obviously overjoyed at the news, as the end of series 8 made it seem as though she parted ways with the Doctor for good. The other half of the fanbase either wanted her character retired or disliked her so much over the course of series 8 that they didn't even want her in the Christmas special at all and having her around for another series would make the show unbearable. A third section of fans like her character but don't want to see her go the way of the overused Ponds, where fans are [[EndingFatigue screaming for the end of her character arc]].
** The newer incarnations of The Master; there are a lot of Classic Who fans who feel that the Simms and Gomez's Masters are too insane or too silly, compared to the serious and cunning Delgado and Ainley, to the point saying that the post-revival Masters are abominations who don't deserve to fill the Classic Master's shoes. Despite one of the main focuses of regeneration being for the fans to move on and accept the new changes, no matter how physical or mental. Keep in mind that, in these discussions, no-one ever seems to mention Derek Jacobi who was the closest to portraying the more classic style of The Master.
** Is the main protagonist The Doctor or the companion? It sounds like a simple question but there is evidence for both and people have a tendency to get annoyed when one gets more focus than the other. This reached its head in Series 8 with Clara. (WordOfGod, however, dating back to 2005, is that the series is primarily told from the companion's perspective, making her the co-lead and not a supporting character as she may have been in the past. Some fans appreciate this approach, while others do not.)
** The Doctor ditching his iconic screwdriver for a set of "sonic sunglasses" in Series 9, causing many people to accuse the creators of just doing it to make the Doctor look "hip". Opinions range from people not seeing what the big deal is to an online petition to get the creators to bring the screwdriver back. As it turned out, one of the season's BookEnds was the Doctor having a new screwdriver tossed to him by the TARDIS in the final sequence of "Hell Bent", directly mirroring him tossing his last one to young Davros in the first scene of "The Magician's Apprentice", and implying that the sunglasses were just a phase, part of the Twelfth Doctor's CharacterDevelopment.
** Any attempt at "shipping" the Doctor and a companion (or other character), regardless of the Doctor or the companion/character or the combination chosen. This occurs even when there is explicit on-screen evidence that a relationship exists (i.e. River Song) as some fans will vehemently refuse to acknowledge this being acceptable, while others will not only advocate for a specific ship, but will deny the possibility that any other ship is possible.
* CargoShip:
** Some fans pair Doctor and sonic screwdriver. The series itself has lampshaded this by having the Doctor actually acknowledge this in [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]] and in the made-for-DVD mini-episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33ShortClaraAndTheTardis "Clara and the TARDIS"]] Clara Oswald says the Doctor is in a "co-dependent" relationship with his screwdriver.
** The ''show itself'' pairs the Doctor and the TARDIS. (With some serious squick potential when we see the ship's Cronenberg-esque telepathic circuits for the first time in Series 8.) This climaxes in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] when the TARDIS - the titular "wife" of the title - briefly takes on human form and ultimately is heard to say "I love you" to the Doctor before she reverts to her original form.
* CompleteMonster: Now has [[Monster/{{Whoniverse}} its own page]].
* CrackIsCheaper: Classic serials are each collected, packaged, and sold on individual [=DVDs=], rather than being grouped together by season or by Doctor. Collecting them all can quickly get very, very expensive. (To be fair, this is in part due to the fact full season sets are impossible for several Doctors, and because of the serialized nature of the show at that time, each storyline is treated like a movie, with is own making-of documentary and supplementary material. It also offers the added bonus of allowing buyers to (for the most part) avoid stories they don't like).
** The revival series go for eighty dollars for just ''one'' series. The seasons are usually sold in two parts, which are sometimes cheaper, but leaves the specials out. The 2012 box set went for about $240 and the 2014 for $350 and both are considered a steal; paying full-price for each season would easily cost half a thousand dollars. And then there's the Torchwood [=DVDs=]...
* CrazyAwesome:
** Pretty much every Doctor.
** Vincent van Gogh. He's the only person who can see the MonsterOfTheWeek. So he ''stabs it with his easel.'' [[AlasPoorVillain It works.]]
** Some of River's stunts are this. Highlights include jumping out of an airlock, confident that the Doctor would show up to save her and defacing the oldest mountain in the universe to leave a message for him. [[spoiler:Oh, and fighting Nazis with regeneration]].
** John Simm's Master.
** Missy.
* CreatorsPet: Adric.
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* CreepyAwesome: In general, if a villain or monster is popular, at least part of it comes from the fans being terrified of it.
* CriticalBacklash: There comes a point at which the sheer amount of hatred that gets directed at the Sixth Doctor makes it difficult not to root for him as a GoodIsNotNice AntiHero.
* CriticalDissonance:
** The show is a very LongRunner and for a very long time (due to home video not being invented) there was simply no way to find out the quality of stories you had missed (due to ''not having been born when they aired'') save for: 1) buying one of the [[PragmaticAdaptation heavily altered]] and [[TheyJustDidntCare variable]] in [[DoingItForTheArt quality]] Target novelisations, or 2) buying a book written by someone who had seen the episode in question summarising what it was about and, more importantly, saying whether or not it was good. Both these methods led to serious distortions of truth in the fandom.\\
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A particular 1980s review tome - "Doctor Who: A Celebration" - contained reviews of all of the stories, in some case based on guesswork themselves (looking at the general quality of actors playing guest stars) which were taken as gospel by people who had never actually seen the stories, leading to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters "The Gunfighters"]]'s reputation as an absolute disaster and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker "The Celestial Toymaker"]]'s reputation as a classic - there is an anecdote about a woman who stood up at a ''Who''-con to announce that the two aliens she definitely didn't want to see return were [[SpecialEffectsFailure the Zarbi]] and [[CriticalResearchFailure the Gunfighters]]. Now that all the surviving footage is widely available thanks to the internet and [=DVDs=], fans nowadays (such as ExpandedUniverse and new series writer Creator/PaulCornell) tend to find that "The Gunfighters" is a self-referential and funny comedy episode and "The Celestial Toymaker" is slow-paced, badly-plotted, [[YellowPeril racist]] garbage - but "The Celestial Toymaker" had the benefit of a quality actor playing the villain and a quirky premise, while "The Gunfighters" had no-names and a very straightforward "the Doctor in the Wild West" premise.\\
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