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1.0 out of 5 stars Moffat is bringing Doctor Who down., 26 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Complete Series 6 [DVD] (DVD)
I used to love this show. It was one of my favourite shows, and the series with Russell T Davies and the Tenth Doctor remain so. But since series 5, Doctor Who has gone downhill. In my opinion, this is purely down to the writer Steven Moffat. His one-off stories were mostly brilliant. But for an entire series, his writing is poor. He seems determined to fit all of his story ideas into 13 episodes. A lot of them do show some promise but when all together, it just gets confusing and too complicated. I'm all for long-running story arcs but when you have four or five at a time, you lose track. Moffat has pushed away the casual viewer and this has clearly been proven in the ratings.

Doctor Who seems to have been turned into the River Who show. She turns up in what feels like every other episode and there's no getting rid of her! Her story regarding the Doctor and her love for him is ridiculous. The supposed "wedding" in the finale episode was ludicrous. For starters it wasn't even a real wedding and there was absolutely no need for it. Moffat is trying to force this couple onto viewers but because hardly any of their supposed relationship has been shown on screen, viewers cannot see their "love". Which, in my opinion, is clearly very one-sided.

'Let's Kill Hitler' and 'The Wedding Of River Song' were stupid episodes. Let's Kill Hitler barely even had Hitler in it (and he was turned into a joke) and the title was misleading. This had the promise for a brilliant story. The Wedding of River Song was very disappointing. We have this huge build up to how the Doctor is stopped from dying (obviously, he was never going to die) and it turns out to be an obvious solution that anyone could have thought of!

I quite enjoyed 'The Impossible Astronaut' (which pushed us to think we were getting a brilliant series that never came) and 'A Good Man Goes To War' (superb acting from Karen Gillan, an excellent storyline but so sad, although I couldn't quite see what was the Doctor's 'darkest hour' as he seemed pretty happy most of the time). And after all that build up of who River was, the answer turned out to be another obvious one. Rory and Amy's relationship was explored nicely and Amy is brilliant companion, my personal second favourite behind Rose who will always be my all-time favourite. But these were the only positives of the series and unfortunately the negatives far outweighed the positives.

If rumours turn out to be true and Amy and Rory aren't returning next series then I will be switching off. They're the only things now that keep me watching. The rest of what Doctor Who once was seems to have vanished.

Get rid of River, get rid of Moffat and please give us back our show! I desperately miss the good old Who days with David Tennant and Billie Piper. That is when Doctor Who was truly at its best.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2011 23:53:22 GMT
AC's Reviews says:
I disagree with what you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 07:57:35 GMT
couldnt disagree with this review more, but at the same time everyone has thier opinion and is entitled to it

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 14:59:56 GMT
I agree with the idea that River Song is beginning to feel a bit overused - one appearance per series would be enough for me - and I agree that Karen Gillan is terrific (she really shone in this series I thought) but, overall, I actually think the show has improved under Moffat. I really do look forward to the show these days - something I haven't done since the great days of Drs Pertwee and Tom Baker.

Posted on 27 Nov 2011 21:50:34 GMT
to some agree i do disagree with i think this series was mixed there were some great episodes but then there some not so great the worst series for me was series 4 and moffat is a great writer

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 04:45:27 GMT
Stormegeddon says:
She must be very disappointing in how very little she is in the show then

Posted on 10 Dec 2011 15:45:12 GMT
W. Beckett says:
Sadly, I have to agree with lot of the things you say. Stephan Moffat---- The man who wrote a lot of the great classic Doctor Who episodes. How could it possibly go wrong with him at the helm? But sadly it has... Not through a lack of talent. But through a dilution and a talent being stretched thin. Much like Rod Serlin was during the Twilight Zone: Juggling too many balls and trying to control the bigger picture just makes your usual writing suffer. However, the solution is simple. Crossing over into the Producer's ballpark should automatically demand this. You write less scripts but give your total best. You open up the series to other writers but can offer your time and expertise to suggest, polish or even rewrite those scripts to make them beter. Plus you also keep the show on an objective track - rather thah loose track of the ingedients of why people tuned in in the first place--???

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2011 01:09:02 GMT
series 4 had it's ups and downs but Turn Left is one of my favourite episodes, not to mention the return of davros was pretty awesome

Posted on 28 May 2012 12:28:06 BDT
Healy says:
River songs character is annoying, especially with that voice! she seems to get to much script which takes away the Dr Who essence.

Posted on 4 Jun 2012 22:03:29 BDT
Mini-nev says:
River song is the worst character in Who history. Her and Steve Moffat have made me stop watching, I didn't finish this series and won't watch the next one. Who is dead.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 22:47:21 BDT
tanya nicole says:
im sorry but this bit just made me laugh
''viewers cannot see their "love". Which, in my opinion, is clearly very one-sided.''
well yeah that's the point can you not follow the story line they are not meeting in order she has already fallen in love with him he has barely meet her she has lived this life with him and he hasn't of course she going to love him more than he loves her! because he hasn't experienced their relationship yet! Doctor who has always had a love interest in there somewhere and im glad they have made it a little different and sometimes funny. i will be watching as i wanna see him fall in love with her and her become less intense with him because they will at one point see each other for the first and last time again and she will not no him and he will be in love with her! rant over
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