Saturday, 23 August 2014

One page on Doctor Who

In an effort to start some new segments on my blog so I have something to write about when there is nothing good in theatres, I want to take the opportunity to write about different topics, whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it. So enjoy the very first installment of "One Page on...", hope you enjoy. Today I want to take the opportunity to bolster my nerd credibility by talking about Doctor Who.

Today is the premiere of the first episode of season 8. I haven't seen it yet, but I am looking forward to it immensely. Reviews have been incredibly positive and part of what I always liked about Doctor Who were the first episodes on a new incarnation.

There are a few things that I want to see tweaked or fixed. I find that the Matt Smith run, while very funny, had a lot of issues as to where it refused to make any sense at all for a long time. Now this comes with the territory of time travel, but until last seasons christmas special the whole overarching story of the last three season was cryptic at best. All the mentions of "The Silence" went unexplained until the last episode. I really liked the way it all came together in the end, but it wouldn't have hurt to give us some hints beforehand. The overarching plot of season seven, the mystery of the impossible girl was wasted completely. I would have hoped for that to be played out over several seasons. Having a companion that actually dies more often than the Doctor, how cool would that have been?

Now I gather that there are a lot of people that heavily criticize Moffats capabilities as a showrunner. I still think that he is the best writer working on the show, at least when it comes to single episodes. For the coming season though, I do hope that he puts some serious work into the overarching plots.

My second wish is that they find the courage to take it back into some darker territory. I really enjoyed Matt Smith as the Doctor, but Eccleston and Tennant both brought a sincerity to the role that he lacked. The first episode of "New Who" with Ecclestons ninth Doctor impressed me because he was absolutely capable of violence, with the whole season even showing him to be quite cruel at times. David Tennant took the darker parts of the Doctor to a whole new level though, especially in the specials leading up to his farewell from the show, Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars. Those two, in my mind, show what the Doctor can turn into when left to his own devices. In Matt Smiths run, we got a lot of talk about how his enemies tremble before him, but it didn't really feel like there was a side to him that warranted that. With Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor, I hope they can return a bit of the seriousness to the character.

On the other hand, Matt Smith was probably the funniest of the three new Doctors, and I don't want to seem as if I'm not acknowledging that. There was so much fun in his three seasons, it's hard to pick an example. Well actually it's not, because you just have to look to his relationship with the Ponds, definitely the most fleshed out companions so far, and the most enjoyable ones as well. Amy trying to seduce the Doctor before her wedding is probably my favourite moment in those three seasons.

So yeah, that's my thoughts, if you have anything to say to that, why not be the first person to comment on my blog?

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