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Could be a lot better...
on 10 September 2011
I thought Series 5 showed a lot of promise and had thankfully moved away from the overblown-ness somewhat of the previous few series helmed by Russel T Davies.
However it was heavily marred by the unnecessary redesigning of the Daleks, and the overly complicated plot strands with the same old tedious series long plot strand idea.
And Spitfires in Space? What unbelievably embarrasing juvenile tosh!
Series 6 started promisingly enough but again, the plots are just too convoluted for a teatime audience. Fine for The X-Files or Babylon 5 where those sorts of plot intrigues are the norm and designed for an appreciative adult audience but not for Doctor Who.
The children in our house, 8 and 10 years old and both huge Doctor Who fans, couldn't understand it, lost interest in the first episode and started playing on their DS's instead! Then they wanted to watch a Tom Baker story on DVD!
That is very telling.
Some good stories followed but again silly and almost childish moments including the mid season finale where everyone and his mum seemed to be against the Doctor.
Whats the point? Why is today's Doctor seen as this all powerful feared figure? Doctor Who shouldn't be about this and never was until the Seventh Doctor graced our screens and that was a dark period in the programmes history.
If Steven Moffat is not careful, he will alienate the show's watchers and the show will go the same way it did in the late 80's.
The episode' Let's Kill Hitler' is a case in point. We had the opportunity here for a brilliant pseudo-historical story with a real villain, Hitler, peril in the form of German soldiers etc and a possibility of hammering home to today's children the grimness and reality of the Third Reich whilst still telling an exciting story.
Instead we get Hitler treated as a joke, a buffoon. locked in a cupboard and not used again for the whole of the story and very little use of the period except to support the story we ended up with, which was more of the dreary and tedious River Song back story with more over-acting by Alex Kingston and little else. This episode might have been set in Milton Keynes in the present day for all it had to do with the Second World War.
How extremely disppointing.
And when you write a story like this with poor scripting, bad acting and waste a golden opportunity for a story and replace it with rubbish, then the future doesn't look good.
I long for someone to steer this programme back on to a course it was on in its heyday, the mid 1970's;
Get rid of the tedious season long linking idea and lets have individual properly written stories that are sharply plotted, well thought out and have a real sense of danger and believeability with less silly humour, not this cartoon style ridiculousness that gets really embarrasing.
True, there have been some good episodes this year. Best one is the Mark Gatiss penned one with the small boy in his scary bedroom. This 'feels' like classic Doctor Who in its tone and we all hugely enjoyed it.
Please Mr Moffat. look after Doctor Who, don't mess it up.