Quotes / Cliffhanger Copout

If they'd shown us that last time, I wouldn't have spent all week worrying about him.

With the birth of television and, eventually with it, the concept of programming breaks, the cliffhanger was put to good use ensuring that viewing audiences would be invested in picking up where they'd left off after weeks or months of no new content. And, much like with the movie serials, fans came to identify which shows deserved continued viewing ...well, if we were deciding whether a show deserves to stay on the air based on the strength of its follow through on promises, Smallville should immediately be shoved in a burn bag and promptly forgotten.

Joe Ford: Meh. In amongst all of this what is David Tennant doing?
Simon Harding: Nothing. Serving drinks.
Joe: There’s that massive idea of the TARDIS dying but they don’t really do much with it, do they?
Simon: They blow up the set and then find a light and the Doctor blows on it and hey presto it will be recharged in 24 hours. What? Why even bother if it was that easy? Plus he’s so over dramatic about every here – ‘we’ve reached the nowhere places…oh no wait it’s the Earth’ and ‘the TARDIS has died…oh no wait its alive again.’ Chill out, Doctor.

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