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  • I'm enjoying the new series of Doctor Who (but not as much as the four previous series)

    Okay, let's make one thing clear, I am not a Whovian.

    There have been times when Doctor Who has been on (before the 205 relaunch) when I'd watch something else (Buck Rogers or The A-Team), something glossier, faster-paced and with production values!

    However, I have watched all of the eps and specials since the show came back, but this year something is lacking.

    It's not Matt Smith as the Doctor. Like Peter Davison before him, Matt had to follow one of the most popular Doctor actors of all time, but with his first utterances and his first couple of scenes in 'The Eleventh Hour', he was definitely the Doctor! And unlike Davison, Smith wasn't a household name before he got the part.

    It might be Karen Gillan, who is an okay actress, but her character is too bolshie and too emotionally stunted, plus she's no Catherine Tate, who in my mind played the best Who companion of all-time, Donna Noble. Also, her Scots accent gets on my nerves.

    But my finger is really pointing at Steven Moffat, the so-called saviour of Who for the disenfranchised anoraks put off by previous showrunner Russell T. Davies's 'emo' Who.

    Now Moffat is a very clever writer has evidenced by his scripts that featured in the previous four seasons, but there's been nothing to match the emotional punch to the stomach of 'The Girl In The Fireplace', or the head-swimming complexity of 'Blink'.

    Now it looks like Moffat may be doing his magician's reveal for the finale, when all will become clear and fans will fawn and say how clever he is, but so far his self-penned eps and other writers' eps haven't reached the heights of 'Father's Day', 'Turn Left' or 'Human Nature'/'The Family Of Blood'.

    I really liked 'The Hungry Earth', which was strange because it's probably the most 'traditional' episode of the new run of the series since it started. It's very Jon Pertwee era Who, which isn't surprising when you consider that the big bads for this ep and the one after it, the Silurians, first turned up in a Pertwee story.

    I think Moffat can't decide what he wants his run to be, he wants it to be different from Davies, he probably wants it to be more traditional, but he doesn't want to piss off the audience that have been watching for the past four years and with them, his bosses.

    This muddle-headedness on the part of Moffat is having an affect, the unanorky are starting to come down from a high and looking around saying "Well, it's good but not as good as previous series!

    So Mr Moffat, you've got to decide what you want your series to be. Changing the Tardis, Daleks and theme arrangement are wallpaper; it's time to build an extension and shore up the foundations before the House Of Who falls down!
    This article was originally published in blog: I'm enjoying the new series of Doctor Who (but not as much as the four previous series) started by Bishop37
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    1. Gemini1999's Avatar
      Gemini1999 -
      Peter -

      I tried to view the page and got this message:

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      What's this about, hmmm?

      Bryan
    1. Darth Marley's Avatar
      Darth Marley -
      Catherine Tate is the worst thing that ever happened to Doctor Who!
    1. Gemini1999's Avatar
      Gemini1999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darth Marley View Post
      Catherine Tate is the worst thing that ever happened to Doctor Who!
      Marley -

      At one point, I would have agreed with you on that. I liked Donna's initial appearance, but then when she actually became part of the series, she was a bit off-putting for me. After attempting to watch this past series with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, I look back at season 4 and love it. I guess that it took me a while longer to grow on me than most for the ones that did.

      As for Peter's commentary about series 5, while I usually like Steven Moffat's writing, he hasn't shown us the quality in terms of telling a story like he did in the past few series. Where the current series of Doctor Who and I stand, I'm pretty much done with it, unless things change. I'll watch the Christmas Special that's coming on 12/25, but I've no desire to go back and watch any of the episodes for the 5th series at this point. I never saw the kind of storytelling that was seen in this francise since it hit the airwaves anew back in 2005.

      It really isn't the actors, but what they are given to do and how they handle situations. I know that David Tennant was a tough act to follow, but there were a few episodes that were still clinkers despite the onscreen talent. With Steven Moffat as writer/producer, the series feels a bit unfocused and scattered. It's very distracting and annoying to say the least. Right now, I can watch reruns or DVDs from the last 4 seasons and enjoy them for the most part. This last lot - not so much.

      I'm willing to give this series another chance, but at the moment, I'd rather watch an episode of The Event than I would Doctor Who.

      Bryan
    1. Darth Marley's Avatar
      Darth Marley -
      Tate is a disaster!

      I too expected more and better from Moffat.
      Perhaps something darker and grittier.
      Something like Torchwood.
    1. AJMarks's Avatar
      AJMarks -
      I'm actually getting back into Dr. Who. I despised the Doctor that Peter Davison portrayed. I liked Christopher Eccleston, but when Davison came in I stopped watching. Davison just didn’t draw me in. I do like how the characters, Amy Pong and the Doctor get along.