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2.0 out of 5 stars Regenerate, please, not repeat, 2 Sep 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Regeneration is the key to 'Dr Who' - both the character and the series. The elderly and querulous William Hartnell begat the cosmic hobo Patrick Troughton begat the action hero dandy Jon Pertwee. Hartnell gave children some cleverly-disguised lectures, Troughton fought terrifying monsters in space, and Pertwee ran around on earth with UNIT. Each series built on the other. But as the power to re-imagine ran out so did the show, until the light of RTD shone and 'Dr Who' was re-born for a modern audience. Moving on from RTD was always going to be difficult, but Moffat seemed to be the man for the job based on his contributing episodes. Except, now it seems that he wasn't, as his 'Who' is not re-booted so much as re-hashed lite. Let's examine the evidence:

- Tennant ran everywhere and gabbled, as does Smith, but in a more fey and less convincing manner. Both times Smith threw out his chest and boasted to the assembled alien hordes that he was the Mighty Doctor who had bested them in the past, it was difficult not to laugh. A bit like watching a Yorkie challenge a Doberman.

- The Doctor, Rose and Mickey had a serious romantic triangle going, as do the Doctor, Amy and Rory. Except there's no chemistry between any of the latter and Rory is the archetype of that modern cliche, the neutered male, always less competent than his girlfriend, and floundering in her wake.

- Doctor goes back in time and meets a creative genius who is grappling with monsters cf Dickens and Shakespeare. Vincent added nothing to this familiar scenario.

- One Alien butchering a spaceship is terrifying. One hundred Aliens being attacked on their home planet less so. Ditto Weeping Angels.

- The final story arc concerns the end and rebirth of the Universe a la 'Bad Wolf'. Been there. Done that.

- Lazy use of the sonic screwdriver for everything. Please take it off the Doctor for an episode. Or a series.

- Unbreakable Pandorica prison put together by all the Doctor's greatest enemies finally opened by... young Amy Pond putting her hand on it?! I'm always happy to suspend a bit of disbelief for a script that tries hard, but come on.

So, there you have it. You can't re-heat the souffle. There's no point taking what was done before and doing it less well. Moffat needs to give the series a proper re-boot, to give the Doctor some balls, to get rid of Pond & Tadpole, and create his own legacy. Please.
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