The following is a rant by a Doctor Who fan. There are spoilers pertaining to the season 7 finale.
Alright, I watched the entire season. I watched each episode at least twice. What I am saying is this: I gave the new season of Doctor Who a chance. And it was such a let down.
Every episode, it seemed like everybody was working their asses off except the writers! The plots were great theories and ideas but, were employed very sloppily. The resolutions were barely explained, the characters became very thin, they made the Doctor act like an extremely serious 10-year-old, and all in all simply phoned in the series!
The “plot twist” at the end of the series finale is the reveal that, at some point in the future, the Doctor will be portrayed by actor John Hurt. Which, I must admit, I am sincerely excited for. John Hurt has played pivotal roles in two of my favorite films/stories (1984 and V for Vendetta) and can give to the part of the Doctor the respect and sincerity it richly deserves and needs.
You know, I really feel bad for Matt Smith. There have been moments during his run where they have truly let him shine as an actor. But for the most part, he has been the victim of poor writing and been forced to portray a flimsy caricature of an intense character now residing in a universe which no longer makes any sense or provides any interest to the watcher.
Is this what Star Wars fans felt like when the Phantom Menace came out? This betrayal that something which could have continued to shine and grow to match the fan base it acquired…is this what they experienced then? It feels like that.
It has just been downhill since Steven Moffat took over. That’s the simple answer to it. He had a blank slate! A brand new Doctor, a new companion, a new world to build…AND LOOK AT IT! Look at how appalling it is! Look at how thin it is! Look at how many treasures he chooses to ignore! (Personally, I would love to see a spin off which centers around the Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. Perhaps written by Neil Gaiman or our long lost savior, Russel T. Davies.)
This has been a rant. Emotions are running hot right now and I am glad to have the forum to vent them.
The first part of the season was phenomenal, one of the best of the 2005 continuation era. Part two, however, had a hit and miss kind of feel going with it. However, I don’t see how it’s gone down hill in the Moffat era. It’s certainly changed, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It would be nice to have a new showrunner, though.
Now, onto John Hurt A.K.A. the forgotten regeneration. While that may be true that he’s actually the 12th Doctor, I don’t see them as counting John Hurt’s portrayal and a numbered one, as he is forgotten, and that means they’ll remain numbered as they were. Also, we don’t even know if he’s actually officially one of The Doctor’s incarnations. He could just be an embodiment of the dark side of him(also known as the Valeyard), regret, a paradox, or something to a similar manner.
Can’t exactly be mad about something that has so many unknowns.