And it was all going so well.
I love Doctor Who. That is, the 1963-1989 series. Despite its age (dodgy special effects, occasional cheesiness, hammy acting) it was entertaining and was written for intelligent audiences and respected those audiences. My favourite Doctor was always Sylvester Mc Coy
(please don't lynch me), playing the Doctor as an enigmatic schemer with a dark past. In close second came Jon Pertwee, followed by Patrick Troughton and then Tom Baker. In fact, every actor to play the Doctor has brought their own charm to the role and pulled it off well. Classic television stories such as "The Sea Devils", "The Curse of Fenric", "Earthshock" and "The Invasion" rank up as some of my all-time favourite television episodes/serials.
Now things have changed. Now we have to deal with the utter garbage the Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat eras of the new series have provided. I was just as excited as the next fan when I heard the show was getting a modern reboot. RTD did a good job on the first two seasons (with exceptions being the episodes "Love and Monsters" and "Fear Her"). After that, something went awry. Season Three was mostly rubbish, with daft plots ("The Lazarus Experiment", anyone?) and plentiful Deux Ex Machina ("Last of the Time Lords", the vortex manipulator/sonic screwdriver dramatic tension-killing combo, etc.). Season Four was even more rubbish, with Donna being the unfunny comedic sidekick and the episodes somehow managing to be even more daft than the last season ("Partners in Crime", I'm looking your way), culminating in the disappointing "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" two parter where the only thing Davros and the Daleks do is sit around and talk a lot ("I WILL! DESTROY! REALITY! AND! YELL! A! LOT!")
Steven Moffat's continued the trend. Matt Smith may make a good Doctor, but the overall tone and feel of the show has changed so drastically it's now less like Doctor Who and more a dumbed-down action adventure series that tries to be clever, with daft and convoluted plots such as in the episode "The Pandorica Opens" (Rory's back? But, wasn't he like, erased from existence?) River Song is annoying, it's obvious Moffat's pulling ideas out of his ass whilst alluding to a planned arc (that he obviously doesn't have) while slipping in snooze-fests such as "The Beast Below" and "Vampires in Venice".
I've lost faith.
6th Aug 11
I know some of what I say is a bit harsh, but you know what the funny thing is? The classic series was before my time. I discovered it when I was only about six years old, picking up a VHS copy of the Patrick Troughton story "The Invasion" from a local library. And from then on, I would watch as much Doctor Who on VHS as I possibly could, rewatching some of my favorites over and over again (such as "Day of the Daleks" and "Inferno"). So, I liked the new series at first: series one and two were alright, but something went wrong after "Doomsday". I'm not nostalgic, but rewatching all the classics on DVD and then watching the new series, you begin to notice things. The new series seems to get increasingly more stupid after series two. It begins to lose its connections with the old series, relying on daft plotting and bad guys that do not threaten the Doctor whatsoever, as all he needs to do is whip out his sonic screwdriver and wave it around a bit, thus solving all his problems. The old series might have done this a few times, but often the Doctor would save the day by the skin of his teeth (in "Spearhead from Space", the Doctor only just manages to save Britain from the Autons) and it gave the threats more credibility. In the new series, the Doctor prances around hopeless villains and defeats them with lazy writing.
7th Aug 11
22nd Aug 11
"That he obviously doesn't have"? What makes you think that?
26th Nov 11
The fact that he 'supposedly' abandoned it for Series 7 in favor of random, strung-together adventures. If it's so easily tossed out, it's pretty clear he doesn't have one.
29th Dec 12
13th Sep 13
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