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Review: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS [May. 4th, 2013|03:56 am]
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The contempt of the show-runner

The Hisotry of the Time War, screenshot, copyright BBC

An insult. A slap in the face. Or should I say, another insult, another slap in the face?

What more is there to say? The whole of Steven Moffat's Doctor Who has been a long series of insults dressed up as Big Ideas, punctuated by apologies from the likes of Richard Curtis and Neil Gaiman.

But how long can we point to "Vincent and the Doctor" or "The Doctor's Wife" and tell ourselves that Steven Moffat actually cares about the cultural institution in his charge?

The truth is, we have become so used to terrible television that when the merely mediocre happens along, people like me nearly start preaching the second coming.

It's time we face the truth: Steven Moffat holds us, his audience, in utter contempt. Take as Exhibit 37, the latest mess of a program broadcast under the name of Doctor Who.

"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" begins with an implausible and arbitrary set-up and is propelled by a plot that works only through the unlikely stupidity of its guest characters, the even more unlikely (and dumb) decisions of its regulars and a resolution that re-uses — yet again! — one of Moffat's now tired and tiresome time-travel tropes — and which then cheats on its own rules. The BBC brain-trust ought to be ashamed to have allowed it to air.

My full review is behind this link, but be warned: I am not happy and sometimes I say so in language unfit for ears of the young and tender, or for eyes of work-mates reading over one's shoulder. Also, there are spoilers, as per normal.

Finally, if you want to suggest that I hate this show so much I shouldn't be reviewing it, you may be right. But I committed myself to seeing Series 7 through to the end, and so I will. But after that? If Steven Moffat is still in charge, I rather suspect I'll be done with the show for the duration. Those of you as sick of my opinions as I am sick of Steven Moffat's stories probably have more reason for hope than I do.

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[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2013-05-05 06:28 am (UTC)
You see - this I don't get. I see people spewing much vitriol and hatred on the Moffat version of Doctor Who but even when he's shitty, he's still way better than most of the predecessors including Russel T Davies and Jon Nathan Turner.

I mean it's like everyone has forgotten the preachy bitchy Doctor that David Tenant turned into by the third season. The Tinkerbell Resurrection ending to season 3 was about as unforgivable as anything coming out of George Lucas' prequels.

By contrast, Moffat writes seasons where I don't know where they are going and makes things interesting.

I hated the TARDIS episode for a lot of reasons that you probably outline - the reset ending, the dullness of the characters and the lack of Clara characterization - but I put it down as a bad show in an otherwise excellent season.

And nowhere near as shitty as Russell T Davies' bullshit.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-05-05 06:32 pm (UTC)

In a nutshell ...

Story-telling. Bad story-telling, with a side-order of non-existent character development and female objectification.

I mean it's like everyone has forgotten the preachy bitchy Doctor that David Tenant turned into by the third season. The Tinkerbell Resurrection ending to season 3 was about as unforgivable as anything coming out of George Lucas' prequels.

I dunno who this "everyone" you speak of is, but I haven't forgotten that loathsome finale, nor have I forgiven the lugubrious battle with the Super-Master, etc etc.

But when you say Moffat writers seasons where you don't know where they're going, I'll hazard the guess that's because they don't actually go anywhere at all.

*ducks, runs for cover*
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