Steven Moffat Doesn’t Understand Grief, and It’s Killing Doctor Who
There’s a popular joke I’ve seen floating around on Tumblr for a while now. It goes like this:
Well worth the read.
This sums up very well all the things that bothered (and keeps bothering) me about the 50th.
It’s not about continuity or erasing all the past season, it’s about the story I fell in love with, the story of a guilt-filled and broken alien who has lived too long and seen too much, whose hands are full of blood and whose eyes are full of sadness. But It’s also the story of a good man who never gives up, who tries so hard to cope with his past, who can always find a way out and who keeps saving people because if he stops…
Now this story is no more. I’ll keep watching Doctor Who for a lot of reasons and I’ll keep enjoing it because there’s so much more inside that tv show (50 more years of spacey-wacey things, I hope), still I can’t help but feel like that story has been erased, deprived of his meaning and turned into a pale shadow of what it was.
The special stole that, stole the emotional impact of it. It’s a show about changing and this is a big change that can give it a new start, I know that, but as the article reads:
when you have no death, when nothing truly has weight or scale, when decisions don’t stick and nobody feels the consequences… it’s hard to care about anything. .
and I don’t want an empty tv show about a guy with a box who goes around and everything is always fine because if it’s not we can just pretend it didn’t happen and go back to how we were last week. I want a show with conflict and sadness and complexity. I want a show where characters actually grows and gets changed by things.
We blame Moffat all the time, maybe he deserves it but I don’t know how much of this is his fault (he doesn’t do the whole tv show by himself, after all) and I know he can be good (some of his episode are still my all time favourites), still I can’t help but looking forward to the time a new show runner will take his place.
(I’m really sorry for this long comment, I wanted to make it fit in the tags but it was too long and I needed to say those things.)