Should Doctor Who End Soon?

For the past few past few years of watching Doctor Who on BBC I’ve been thinking that the past few series have been rather downgraded and seem to be really unnecessary and especially the last series, it seemed to have stories all over the place and seems rather disappointing.

I think for me that this started when Matt Smith came into the role of The Doctor and I got to say I wasn’t that big of a fan of him in this series. His tenure as The Doctor seemed be rather disappointment for me since that most of the series did start rather well with him reuniting with Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, who he left at the beginning of the first episode not knowing that years had actually gone by, and they started to have some really good adventures. But then after one episode when The Doctor sent Amy home finds out that she has feelings for him that leads to a rather weird love triangle as the night that The Doctor came for Amy was the night before she was going to get married. I then thought that the series then got rather confusing in the series when in the two part finale where all the enemies of The Doctor formulate a plan to imprison The Doctor inside the Pandorica but the big down fall for this from what I remember all we see are ships and not many actual enemies are in costume. But then it turns out that the Roman soldiers that are there at the time turn out to be Autons with one of them being Rory, who was never really explained to be there since he was killed off earlier in the series and we never get any reason why he was there at that time but most people probably speculated that it could have been an ancestor but then that doesn’t make sense since he was fighting the AI of his Auton side to regain his human memories. Its moments like this that does make me hate Doctor Who at this point.

In the next episode however it turns out that Auton Rory kills Amy (accidently I think) and starts mourning over her and then a future version of the Doctor appears I think and shows Rory how to open the Pandorica with the Sonic Screwdriver and frees the Doctor and puts Amy in it saying that the Pandorica is the ‘perfect prison’ since that it will not allow its occupant to escape or die and will restore her back to life once her DNA has been imprinted into the prison. Again this seems like a stupid decision to make since they could have still killed Amy off and made a better character development for Rory by being a brooding dark character in the show which would have been rather awesome to see. But instead in 1996 The Doctor starts leaving clues for a young Amy Pond to find the Pandorica which apparently was on display at Natural Museum where she frees her future self as well as a fossilised Dalek that was for some reason also brought with the Pandorica. This then leads the Doctor to then find a way to get to the TARDIS and manages to cause a second big bang. This then leads to now a altered Earth (which does seem to get rather confusing with later plot lines I’m sure) and Amy wakes up on the day of her wedding and then leads onto the most stupidest scene in the series and that is the Doctor rather crashing Amy’s wedding after she starts remembering him. This really did make me feel like the show had started to go rather downhill from here.

In the next series I got to say did only have me interested was mainly the first half of the series as BBC decided to air the series as two serials (which I thought was stupid but probably was that they hadn’t finished filming the series yet) since the episodes had some really good features and twists in them. However after the series came back I thought that it had went downhill once more especially in one episode called ‘Closing Time’ which was a sequel episode from last season which brought back James Cordons character Craig who I got to say I found rather boring. In this episode I did really hate the fact that you had one of the good Doctor Who villains in the show and you have Craig being able to beat them with the power of fatherly love. I got to say that though for plot convenience it would be alright but for it to actually happen it would be less likely to happen. If this was to happen in any other Sci-Fi related show I think that it would have gone a lot differently and went more down the line turning him into a Cyborg instead of reverting back to human.

Onto series seven and from the bat I already do hate this series because a) it was another series that was split into two parts b) handled the part one finale in the most stupidest way imaginable and c) managed to make one of the greatest villains in Doctor Who seem like chumps. Asylum of the Daleks was the first episode of the series where the Daleks found a way to capture The Doctor, Amy and Rory to get them to help destroy a planet where they have put all the Daleks that had went crazy but can only be accessed on the planet surface since a year ago a spaceship crashed causing a rupture to occur on the planet. The team are then transported to planet where they are then guided through with the help of Oswin Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, who then turns out to be a Dalek and not a human. She manages to join the Dalek psychic link and wipes all trace of the Doctor’s existence from their memory banks. What a way to veto 50 years of good villains by having a one off character wipe their entire history of the Doctor.

The next disappointment was in the episode was with the departure of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill and featured the return of the Weeping Angels in The Angels Take Manhattan and the reason why I hate this for is the ending. The Angels special power is that they are able to send people backwards in time but for some reason BS reason the TARDIS couldn’t return to that time period at all. So why the hell did he not just land the TARDIS in another city like New Jersey at that time period and travel into New York and get Rory and Amy that way. It makes no sense. Nevertheless it then has us move on to the next companion that turns out to be Clara Oswald who for some reason is the spitting double of two people that The Doctor encountered in Asylum as well as the Christmas episode mainly for they were portrayed by the same actress. Again going back to what I said I really hated this series and then it continued even more when we got to series 8.

In this new series we were also introduced to a new Doctor with this one being played by Peter Capaldi and this series had again more problems for me. This one actually did have a lot of sub elements to it mainly revolving around Clara and if she wanted to still be with the Doctor since this one seemed different to whom she was with. If I had to summarise this series with another show it would have been when they first aired Firefly and apparently they ended up showing the episodes in the wrong order and this feels like. The main two issues that I had with this series is one Missy, a mysterious figure that had cameos through the series and the finale itself. First I’ll start with the finale. It starts out with Clara trying to come clean with Danny telling him about the Doctor but he is them hit by a car and dies. Wow an actual death in Doctor Who and the person that did it wasn’t even a monster from the show. Clara then black mails the Doctor into going back and saving Danny, but to be fair if that was to happen then same events from what happened when Rose saved her Dad in series 1. They managed to find that there was a facility called 3W where Danny is being held and they try to find him, along with dozens of skeletons in blue liquid tanks that really had no purpose till the end of the episode when they start to drain and reveal to be Cybermen. Now I will talk about Missy since it has come up to talking about her now. I really didn’t like her whatsoever. I don’t mind that the Master is female now but the reason I don’t like this is that she didn’t feel rather like the Master. When you look back at the season 3 finale the Master was able to become Prime Minister and wipe out a proportion of population of the Earth. This one just seems like a disappointment in a way. I do rather wish that they could have either cast somebody better to play Missy or even have John Simm return. Back to the story, Missy sends her Cybermen to detonate around Britain releasing Cyber Pollen and turns the dead people into Cybermen, somehow. The Doctor then later in the episode is then given a choice to take control of the Cyberman army from Missy but then declines and she gives control to Danny who leads all of the Cybermen to exploding and stops the rainfall that would then end up turning people into Cybermen. Missy is then shot by a Cyberman which apparently was not only the one Cyberman not follow the orders of Danny to explode and turns out to be Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and this was the biggest kick in the balls for Doctor Who fans since the Brigadier was a key character in the original series of Doctor Who and it really pissed me off. Then Missy in her ‘dying words’ gave the Doctor the location of where Gallifrey is and when he got there was only empty space. This series got me questioning to actually think if the new series is going to be any good.

I think I also came across another reason why I have been thinking that the series is due for ending is the head writer and executive producer of the series being Steven Moffat. A lot of the episodes that have been talked about here were written by Moffat and they were all episodes that I believe have a real mix of reviews from people. I know that most of my friends that watch the show wish that he would leave the show and appoint a new head writer so that something good can happen with the show. If that can’t happen I think that either this series or the next one would be a good wind down point for the series. In the continuity of the series The Doctor is already in the last stages of his regeneration cycle and the only way that I could see them doing something new with it is if America got its hand on Doctor Who and did its own version. This way we could continue on with Doctor Who but finishing it first with the original would be better thing to do if there was going to be a reincarnation of the show in America. If it was to finish I think that a few specials wouldn’t be too bad of a thing for instance I rather did like some of the elements that was in the 50th Anniversary since we had three different incarnations of the Doctor including John Hurt playing the Doctor during the Time Wars. Hopefully though the show can come to a close because they could end up reaching a point where it may put long time fans of the show like myself off for good.

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3 thoughts on “Should Doctor Who End Soon?

  1. I wouldn’t say it’s time for it to end, but perhaps a return to the novels would be prudent. I’m actually rather fond of Moffat, but I must admit he’s not done the best job of late.

    • I think that they could improve if they did more two part arc stories, sort of harking back to the classic series and letting other writers to write cause I looked at most of the episodes from the last three series and Moffat was pretty much over them all.

  2. Hello,

    I came upon your entry because I was interested in finding posts about Doctor Who. I read this one, and I have found that there is a significant disconnect between our two positions. You think the show should end/Moffat removed; I feel that the show is on an upswing and that it’s because of Moffat that it resonates so well with an international audience. I realize that you may not even read my comment because I do not agree with you, and that’s your privilege; but I believe I covered your post pretty thoroughly, and I may have even answered some questions that you posed or still have in your head. Here goes:

    Rory as the centurion made perfect sense. He died by being killed then sucked up into the large crack in the wall which effectively erased Amy’s memory of him. The Doctor did not forget though. Presumably, because the crack has appeared in multiple episodes, and is basically a tear in the fabric of space and time, Rory did not really die — instead, he was sucked up and placed in another time/place: as a Roman Centurion. So in short, no — it was not an ancestor of Rory’s — it was Rory himself.

    As for the Doctor not existing until Amy remembered him at her wedding, that was because they rebooted the world. If you recall, Amy was put into a stasis in the Pandorica, and she wasn’t able to get out until her younger self touched it (matching DNA and all). They then sent the Doctor up into the sun to reboot the world, and because Amy was so much a part of everything, the Earth rebooted in a way that matched what she remembered. She did not remember the Doctor, so he did not and could not exist, until she remembered him and brought him back to life.

    The Doctor and the TARDIS could not go and visit Amy and Rory because once the Angel’s touched them they became a fixed-point in time and space. When there are fixed points, The Doctor has difficulty with them in many ways: 1) The Tardis will not travel to a fixed-point location/time, 2) The Doctor himself is uncomfortable around them (think Capt Jack in Bad Wolf and subsequent episodes), there is nothing the Doctor needs to do there, it’s fixed, 3) you are also assuming that the Angels only zapped them back in time… but Amy and Rory, unlike other victims of the Angels, are time-travelers; this could effect the power of the Angel and transport them back in time AND a new location, 4) as explained in several different episodes, fixed points CANNOT be altered, even by a Time-Lord (think the fixed point of his death on the Beach; or Adelade’s suicide in Waters of Mars).

    The Brigadere CyberMan was a great addition I thought. The actor was supposed to reprise the role for the 50th, but died before they made it. Therefore to pay respect to the man, he came back as a cyberman who was not able to be controlled by Missy — his personal beliefs and convictions kept him from being a monster. Also, it was stated earlier in the show that all the Brigadere wanted from the Doctor in all the time they were together was for the Doctor to show him respect and salute. The actor died, but the chance to give that character a well-deserved salute from the Doctor was possible BECAUSE he was turned into a cyberman.

    As for Missy, I loved the character. She was the same Master she always was, it was simply a change in attack. Instead of becoming the Prime Minister of a country, she decided to go bigger: she controlled all of the cybermen, and was literally the keeper of the dead. Her interests expanded beyond any single portion of the Earth; it was the complete control of the dead, AND the living (through cyber upgrades to normal people). And beyond that, I think that she did an amazing job at playing the Master. John Simm was amazing as the Master, but it was time for a change. She managed to keep the insane appeal that Simm had as the Master, and also managed a layer of playfulness toward the doctor that Simm was unable to perform. Also, when Simm played dark, he played dark; Missy played the same level of dark, but she had a frighteningly good time doing it: where Simm would become angry and volatile, Missy managed the same depth of darkness while seemingly care-free. Think Joker from Batman.

    Finally, to address your point about Moffat: I do not agree AT ALL. Everyone I know, myself very much included, believe that Moffat revived a show that was suffering from Law & Order syndrome. Every episode pre Moffat was a one-off. No one episode tied into any other episode (except to-be-continued ones), and you watch one episode and enjoy it and then another episode and enjoy just that one…the two had nothing in common. There were a few contradictions to this statement, such as Donna Noble randomly appearing in the Tardis in a wedding dress, and then later becoming his companion; but overall, there really was no continuity. When Moffat took over, everything became a story. There were a few one-off episodes, usually Holiday Specials, but overall, there was a consistency. All of the episodes you mentioned as being bad episodes that should ultimately lead to the demise of the show are all episodes that tie in with the overall theme of the show that Moffat’s putting forward in the series. To better express what I’m trying to say, I will reference 2 other shows: Highway To Heaven and Homeland.
    Highway To Heaven always had the same main two characters, but each episode was different, and no two episodes connected to each other. That was how Doctor Who was when Davies was in charge. One-off episodes.
    Homeland is a show that you have to watch from the beginning in order to understand anything that’s going on in any given episode. Yes, it’s generally the same characters, but one episode feeds into the next. If you miss one, you’re confused and have no idea what’s going on. It’s not episodic, it’s a prolonged story. That’s what Moffat offers: a detailed story.

    In conclusion, no. Doctor Who should not end soon….it’s just getting really good!

    PS — think back to the Davies days. Back then, the best episodes had Moffat as the writer. And now that Moffat is the show-runner, we’ve even had episodes created by Neil Gaiman!

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