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I've stopped watching Doctor Who, for the second time under Moffat's stewardship. The first time I lost interest was during series 6, which (in my opinion) had a great two starter episodes and then fell off a cliff, culminating in a really obvious finale. My interest in Doctor Who was rekindled by the 50th anniversary, particularly the prospect of the great John Hurt playing the Doctor. Moffat delivered a good 50th anniversary. I was thrilled that Peter Capaldi was cast as the Doctor because I knew him as a really great actor and I hoped his persona would be utilised to make a darker Doctor.
Series 8 just confirmed to me that Moffat isn't a particularly good writer; he steals other people's ideas (the sort of people who aren't famous enough to be recognised) and on the occasion where he thinks of a good original idea (Don't blink, for instance), he rehashes it to death and back (much like his unfailingly unkillable characters). The best episodes of Series 8 were written by people like Mathieson and Phil Ford, I think. Moffat built up his grand finale and it was not only offensive and insensitive for prime-time television, but it also had a terrible conclusion. I feel sorry for Peter Capaldi, an actor far too good for his peers on what is now essentially a children's show, having to act out Moffat's excruciatingly bad lines: "I am not a good man. I am an idiot".
The Christmas episode was so bad I could barely finish it. Moffat's attempts at humour were so bad I had to look away from the screen (in particular the Elves/racist joke was something one would expect to hear from a 9 year old). I was looking forward to generic character Clara leaving, but now I read that people actually want that boring, silly character from the Christmas episode (a character so dull I can't even remember her name) to be the new companion? By comparison, Jenna Coleman's character is like the messiah.
I feel that for most of its history, under the likes of Tom Baker and Chris Eccleston, Doctor Who was something edgy enough children to watch but to be genuinely frightened of, and edgy enough for older audiences to appreciate it. Under Moffat this show has become 100% childish, I don't know why he chose this creative direction but there you have it. I haven't met many people over the age of 17 who can still watch this show, when it is in competition with such superior quality television like House of Cards.
Hopefully Moffat will leave soon and whoever succeeds him will repair Doctor Who's reputation as a FAMILY show (as opposed to a kid's show, which is what it has become). I also hope Peter Capaldi's talents are properly utilised by some quality character writing, something series 8 completely lacked
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Why Bother?
One of the reasons Blink was so successful was down to the Directing so I'm glad they've got MacDonald on board for this year. I hope she is directing a jump scene episode as opposed to a tame one
2 months ago on Blink Director for Series 9
Ben Wheatley is one of my favourite directors and he's clearly the most 'creative' and original director here, so I'm voting for him
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director
Anybody who isn't culturally unaware wouldn't have to think twice about voting for Capaldi. Of course there are always going to be a lot of idiots out there who have only seen Capaldi in the Thick of It and believe Coleman can act better than him. It's a bit like asking who is the better musician, Niki Minaj or Beethoven- the idiots will go for one option, the culturally aware people will go for the other.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor
Why do people have such poor taste, I can't believe some people thought that this was a good episode. It was meaningless, dull. Moffat just recycled his old ideas over and over again- 'don't even look at them!' shock horror, that old trick again. Yawn! And then he nicked the idea about dreams from the guy who did Amy's Choice, right down to the very last scene. He blew what would have otherwise been a good ending for Clara's character and rendered the entire thing meaningless. What a total flop of an episode. Once again, the only good thing about it was Peter Capaldi. Peter Capaldi is an overqualified actor who makes everyone else seem like a lightweight including the over-acting Coleman (an average actor), he is too good to be spouting out the crap lines that Moffat gives him
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Last Christmas Ranking
Moffat needs to go, this was an episode literally composed 100% of stolen ideas from other writers or his own recycled ideas. When I thought Clara was going to die, I actually felt terrible and liked the character for once. But oh no- it was all a dream! Thanks Moffat, this was a real p*ss poor effort and has greatly reduced my desire to watch series 9. I think I may stop watching until a new showrunner takes over, somebody who has real humour (what the **** was with the pedophile joke at the beginning? Coming from the BBC so recently after the Savile scandal?) the only good thing about this show is Peter Capaldi, a guy who exposes the mediocrity of everything else in the show. He is genuinely too good for the Moffat scripts. Get rid of Moffat, for gods sake get rid of Coleman, get in a showrunner who doesn't have an 11 year old's sense of humour and then I'll be interested.
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas
What can be said about “Last Christmas”? It’s a long story.
I'm calling it, Clara ages to death.
Santa is a racist . . ..
No doubt a completely unfunny joke in the episode
However, Daleks aren’t actually mentioned. (In fact, unlike last
year’s cameo-fest, there is no mention or appearance of any previous
“isotope,” “Extremely,” “inside,” “chocolate” means “We are all dead.”
A new twist on an old favorite: “dreamy-weamy.”
An old favourite for 11 year olds, perhaps
3 months, 1 week ago on Last Christmas – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
“Oh, this is fun. If the Doctor were a young woman living in contemporary Britain, it’d be a bit like her.”
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, Clara's character is nothing like the Doctor at all in any way
3 months, 1 week ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
@Notsosmartguy Agent of C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. @Ottoman14 @Hirmien @The Genie, Agent of JACKIE Gravitas is a concept that is difficult to explain. I'll put it this way. The person who had the most gravitas in Day of the Doctor was John Hurt, by a country mile. Jenna Coleman has no gravitas at all. I'm not saying she isn't a good actor, I'm saying she has no gravitas. They are completely different statements
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@Notsosmartguy Agent of C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. @Ottoman14 Jenna Coleman has absolutely zero gravitas. Perhaps we're not thinking of the same kind of gravitas?
@supermoff wants Clara in Series 9 for Christmas! @Ottoman14 Michelle Gomez could pull off the Doctor character, as for Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman, are you having a laugh?
I'm in favour, but I wouldn't trust Moffat to cast the right woman so let's wait for him to resign first. The casting must be good- that goes without saying. The female actress should be probably as old as Capaldi, and have a unique sort of voice, a bit like Tom Baker. What would be a disaster is if they cast somebody like Jenna Coleman as the Doctor instead of someone older. Gravitas is essential
@Hirmien @The Genie, Agent of JACKIE But why is the 'soul' of the character masculine? I would say the character's fundamentals are unisex attributes. Wisdom, gravitas, intelligence, alien. There is absolutely no reason why a woman could not pull that off. In fact it's absurd to say that a woman could not pull that off.
Of course, the real danger is who they would cast. I have honestly read people say that Jenna Coleman would be a good Doctor. Now that's the sort of female Doctor that would destroy the show- a actress with absolutely zero gravitas.
If they go for this, it should be a woman in her late 40s or 50s, somebody who can actually act, as opposed to a 'pretty young' Doctor.
Oh great. Clara's obviously staying. More melodrama. Can't wait for the 10 hours they're going to invest in that fact in the Christmas special.
If you want well developed characters in whom you can invest your interest and emotions, watch a long series like House of Cards or Game of Thrones (you will find far superior characters in those shows). Doctor Who has never been about character development for the companions (sorry revisionists). Doctor Who has always had a very simple and effective formula- you have a quite odd alien 'hero', who saves the day. You have a companion, who offers the human perspective. And lastly you have a scary monster/threat. It's easy, digestible TV.
When I see Moffat talking about this exciting new place he's going to take the Doctor/Clara dynamic next series, all it makes me want to do is stop watching this show. Valuable time in episodes like Kill the Moon and Mummy (particularly Mummy) was wasted on a stupid subplot that nobody except the nerdy fans care about. Companion back-story was much better handled with RTD who tended to keep it on the sidelines (except during the first 2 series, for the obvious reason that it was a required part of the reboot). Donna's distress at the Doctor's behavior in Fires of Pompeii is an example of this being done properly. It didn't take up valuable time away from the threat, it was short and powerful, very effective. By contrast, Clara's tantrum in Kill the Moon was just boring to watch and I honestly couldn't give a t*ss if her feelings were hurt, because her character has very few likeable qualities anyway.
Rant over! :-) Capaldi is the reason I'm still watching, along with the prospect of Jamie Mathison taking over as show runner
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on the Doctor/Companion Relationship for Series 9
@JL41R @Ottoman14 whoa whoa whoa I didn't actually write the quote, I got that from the author. Yeah I know 10 and the Master fancied each other. But that development from RTD was kinda sh*te. I prefer the brotherly vibe.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
" but instead as soon as the Master is a woman the relationship is suddenly sexualised"
This is Moffat's fault, not a product of the gender regeneration idea. I agree with you, Missy's character would be better if the relationship with the Doctor hadn't changed. Moffat had a weird thing with women characters. I remember he wrote a Sherlock episode and reduced Irene Adler into a sexualised dominatrix. In other words, Moffat is more sexist than a male writer from 1891. Which always makes me laugh (otherwise I'd be crying)
@supermoff of C.L.A.R.A. can't wait for Christmas! @Ottoman14 @Clara Who “Right now… Yeah. I think I do. “ Of course everybody has their opinions. But opinions sometimes expose a complete lack of cultural knowledge. You can get people who think Nicki Minaj is a better musician than Beethoven, which is their opinion by right, but it exposes the fact that they're stupid and culturally unaware
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet
@Notsosmartguy Agent of C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. @Ottoman14 By which time the casual viewer would have forgotten about the whole thing. Moffat just assumes we all keep a diary holding him to account, but really it's only the big fans who do that. When they finally come up with the explanation, most viewers will wonder what all of it was about.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things
All of these are down to the fact that Moffat makes it all up as he goes along. His big story arcs are almost never planned out, which is why the arc conclusions are always dissappointing and why certain questions are unanswered. For instance, what happened to the explanation for Pompeii Capaldi? That's the one that really got on my nerves, because Deep Breath seemed to confirm an explanation within series 8
@Clara Who “Right now… Yeah. I think I do. “ The world 'genius' means very little and amounts to nothing when you randomly label writers geniuses. Moffat is not a genius, Shakespeare was a genius.
I think he gets the big picture right, he makes the right strategic decisions, and he isn't running out of ideas. But the ideas he are coming up with are becoming slightly stale. The way I see it, the longer a show runner stays the more they ruin their legacy. For example if Moffat had written Blink, Empty Child, Day, etc, and then resigned, he would be hailed as a semi-god on earth by the fandom. But he has already hurt his own legacy by introducing these highly risky multi series arcs. The arcs are built up to be something incredible, but I can only think of a handful of times where Moffat has actually delivered an arc conclusion that truly satisfies. I mean, look recently at the whole Clara thing. After this tantalising plot about how she's slightly too perfect, we discover that she was just some random person chosen by the Master? I feel like he came up with that just for the sake of it. He probably spent less than 5 minutes thinking of that, which isn't good enough for an arc which lasted almost 2 series.
As I say, he gets the big picture right. His casting of Capaldi was genius, when he was under so much pressure to employ yet another floppy haired young man and appeal to all those unintelligent, unimaginative culturally unaware people out there. But he said NO to that, which was very impressive. He was also under enormous pressure with the 50th anniversary, and yes, while nobody thinks it's perfect, he managed to create something for everybody in there. He had an extremely difficult job and he delivered. Also, kudos to the fan service like the 8th Doctor appearing. I just think he should leave sooner rather than later, so that his legacy is secure. Staying beyond Series 9 would be a disaster, really. The show needs a completely fresh perspective.
I would absolutely love it if Santa was a Time Lord. I like to think of Time Lords doing totally weird stuff like delivering presents to children not because they are good hearted, but because it is amusing to them, satisfying their ego.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written
I have never been impressed by the character. Her personality traits are the result of Moffat not being bothered enough to think of something more interesting. I think perhaps he was too caught up in the preparation for the 50th to bother to come up with an interesting personality. I will not miss her when she goes. I don't like to imagine Amy or Rose or Donna in Clara's place in Series 8, because it just reminds me that Series 8 would have been so much better.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?
@Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Planet of the Deaf Because physical violence in response to a verbal insult is OK. Go Clara! What a great character. Not
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8’s Interesting Parallels to Season 8
I've heard people call her the best actor of all time, which is as uninformed as like saying Kanye West is a better musician than Beethoven
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9
The character is utterly boring and annoying, and what on earth is this new thing where people think Coleman is the greatest actor of all time? Yeah she's not a bad actor but she's not particularly great either. Watch some more TV series and films, there are astonishing actors out there if you bother to widen your horizons
What I liked about his character is that it wasn't a conventional sort of supporting act. He had chemistry with 12 because of their dry humor and stuff.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Frank Skinner Up for Doctor Who Return
I absolutely love Amy, she's so funny and series 5 was really boosted by her presence. (And she's also the most beautiful actress to play a doctor who companion... Ahhhhh)
4 months ago on Top 10 Amy Pond Moments
Round of applause everybody- we have somebody here who this that if the show has high viewing figures, you're not allowed to complain
4 months ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
It truly amazes me that rather than celebrating these good viewing figures and celebrating the healthiness of this show, most people on here are more concerned with bashing fans who aren't keen on Moffat's work. The Moffat religious clique on here reminds me of some sort of deranged cult, blissfully unaware at how desperate and extreme they sound. How about we celebrate these figures for what they are, and not descend into fandom tribal warfare.
4 months ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
@TheOncomingHurricane @Gustaff I know, what a terrible subplot, what terrible cheap drama. If only you had been in charge of Doctor Who, then everything would have been perfect!
4 months ago on Tate: Donna Return Unlikely
I think Helen Raynor's stories are actually really good, I don't understand why they don't get more attention. She's been the only writer in the rebooted series to actually give the Sonatarans a story they deserve. Everyone else who got their grubby mitts on the Sontarans turned them into intergalatic dwarf clowns (cough Moffat cough). Her 2 parter in Series 4 was very well paced, with an appropriate level of threat, and an interesting twist with the idea of evil Satnavs. And her Dalek story in Series 3 was also very creative, I don't get why people don't like it.
4 months ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond
@#SaveConstantine @SANTA-ran17 Difference was that the reboot was kicked off from Rose's point of view. You can relate to her. She is the most realistic companion in New Who by a country mile. Clara on the other hand is the least realistic, by a country mile. Very little about her story is believable. Moffat should have been able to pull this off. because he wrote Amy as a semi-believable character. By Series 8, we know who the Doctor is, we know what we are dealing with in the Whoniverse. This means the strategic function of the companion has shifted from 'in your face narrative' to 'popular problem solver/comedic value'
4 months ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8
With a bit of luck this will be Clara's Last Christmas (evil chuckle) and in all seriousness this is probably Moffat's Last Christmas as show runner too.
Nice hoodie Capaldi's got on there
4 months ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art
@ClaraOswald @Ottoman14 I was just pointing it out, sorry if I came across as rude!
4 months ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
I would like to see
2 episodes by Jamie Mathieson
1 by Catherine Tregenna
1 by Helen Raynor (for an action packed episode, the Sontaran story had excellent pace)
1 by Toby Whitehouse
1 by Phil Ford
3 by Steven Moffat
The other 3 episodes can be written by some newbies: Meredith Stiehm for instance. They should dig a bit deeper and let some unknowns have a shot.
4 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story
"She will mark the first female writer to contribute to the show since 2008."
Laughable and appalling statistic there.
I'm ashamed to say that I am not familiar with Torchwood so I don't know what sort of dynamic Tregenna brings to the fold but hey ho
@ClaraOswald "This is not a vote for best Doctor, or your favourite,
this is purely for fun to see which incarnation you watched first and
were then permanently hooked to the character from that moment on"
I watched a Hartnell episode when I was extremely young but Eccleston was definitely the one who got me hooked on the show. Rose was simply the best thing I'd ever seen as a young kid. A sci fi show, but set in an environment I could relate to, and a companion I could totally relate to. 9 was such a hero to me. Great stuff
Hartnell absolutely nailed it. Similarly to Capaldi and Pertwee, he gives off an aura of superior intelligence and gravitas without having to verbally articulate it, as opposed to Tennant and Smith who were written to shout about how clever they were. Commanding attention without demanding it. I also like to think the 1st Doctor's stern nature is our best insight into Gallifreyan society, the aristocracy of it all, something that Moffat sh*t all over in Listen by having the Time Lord parents sound like some sort of human social care workers.
4 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966
Jenny is just like Clara- teenage girlish, incredibly annoying, feisty (sick of that). So no thanks, I'll pass on this one. What we need is a companion like Journey Blue- morally correct, but not aggressively or obnoxiously so, able to handle a threat, badass.
4 months, 1 week ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
What I meant was people rush to conclusions in formulating their opinions, swept away by the newest and most exciting thing they've seen on TV and forget to factor in less obvious stuff into the mix
4 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Just go, I can't stand Clara or her freakishly annoying mannerisms
4 months, 1 week ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?
On one hand I disagree with you, I think Missy was pretty good. On the other hand I just think that people who go 'OMG MISSY IS THE BEST MASTER EVER' just have no taste. How can you say that Gomez has outdone the other Masters based on relatively really minor appearances
Big changes are necessary for the survival of the show. The big classic era change, the 6th Doctor era, would have worked too if the BBC hadn't of given up on the show
4 months, 1 week ago on Moffat on His Series 8 Worries
Roger Delgado- utterly iconic.
4 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
@stargazer0118 @Ottoman14 @NotsoSmartguy I didn't say they were exactly alike, I just said that 12 is no more 'cold and flat' than most of the other incarnations. He reminds me of the 9th Doctor who was always my favourite as a kid- cold, distant, glimpses of warmth and passion, alien and mysterious.
4 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
@AlessandroArsuffi @Ottoman14 That's definitely how I want to look at it too. I think 9 was the 'post traumatic stress' incarnation, and I absolutely love the repressed sadness that Eccleston channels. I think 10 tried to repress the sadness even more by putting on a somewhat childish mask, trying to bury his sorrow by doing the things he loves like traveling and exploring. After finding himself alone 10's mask begins to slip and becomes the Time Lord Victorious, allowing the ugly post-war anger and depression to bubble up to the surface. 11 to me seems like a 'moving on' incarnation, particularly a reaction against his outburst in Waters of Mars. In saving Gallifrey, 12's internal conflict is diminished and he becomes more true to himself once again.
@stargazer0118 @NotsoSmartguy He's no more cold and flat than the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 9th Doctors, unless you dislike them too?