Yes, Steven, we get it.
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Published: August 24, 2014

(Warning: rant ahead)


Steven, We get it. You don't have to knock us over the head.
This is your homage to Tennant-era Dr Who. Because you know that fans (GIRLS!) like Tennant-era Who.

But you still don’t know why. You can’t figure it out.

Let me give you a hint: It’s not robots, or explosions, or romance with the Doctor that made us like RTD Who. It’s not witty banter. It’s not even, and especially not your brand of ~*feminism!*~ (Hey! You dumb broads want feminism? have two women! Lesbians! And they kiss! And they kick ass with swords! Yeah! Bechdel or something! pow pow MEN ARE PIGS!)

We liked Tennant-era Who because it had meaning. It had moral. It had story. Not random, oh-so-witty plot twists. Not bizzare mysteries that drag on for far too long while the characters stand around unable to solve simple riddles. It had heart. You stripped it of its heart when you took over the show and now you want to somehow put it back in.

I mean, go ahead and try. Thank god you got rid of the romance between Clara and the doctor who had zero chemistry together. I would love a story that is less forced, awkward sexual humour and more plot. More heart. I WANT this show to be good. But you’ve proven time and again that you don’t understand a large portion of your audience, and you’re not really growing and expanding your repertoire as a creator. It’s just the same POW! plot twists over and over again until everyone is bored to tears of the latest episode of the week being THE MOST DANGEROUS DARKEST OLDEST SECRET IN THE UNIVERSE OF ALL TIME AND SPACE.

We miss RTD-era Who because it was fun and did a hell of a lot for its shoestring budget. New Who takes itself way too seriously and seems to just throw money at gaping plot-holes in the hopes that flashy cinematography will distract the audience long enough to crank out the next episode. And yes, we get it. SHERLOCK. YES. HAHA. REFERENCE. Stop it, Steven, you’re not that clever.


I do, however, want to give a lot of props to whoever is composing the music. Astounding work. Really excellent scores. No wonder they've steadily cranked the BG music up over time, it's one of the best things about the show.

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Thank you so much. Seriously, this is one of the truest things I've ever read.
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Murray Gold is the composer. You should check him out, he's worked in a lot of BBC productions.
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While my husband and I watched thew new episode I just... I got bored 10 minutes in. When they were doing the *GASP* WHO IS BEHIND THIS MYSTERY? I shouted out about 5 villains we've seen do the exact same/close enough and at that point... it was hard to enjoy it. Having a several heavy-handed references in (like an easter egg hunt it's not fun if they are tons of them), having characters behave weirdly (and I mean for what they should know, not quirkiness), and just... *sigh* Forcing two different types of regeneration (just getting to know the character Smith & jumping into the heat of battle Tennant) just felt so ok stop throwing things at my screen already.

I want a good series with Capaldi and goodby to Clara. I love Strax, Jenny and Vastra - but on their own (really, should be, imo and far away from Moffat). Clara's souffle girl thing was neato, but everything after has been like why is she doing this? You keep talking about the book thing, but she doesn't seem... to connect to that at all... IDK man its just

I was hoping for something better. It's too chockfull of references and attempts to do whatever is popular (steam punk lol) so after the popularity that it missed the opportunity for some freshness.

But I do agree - the music was brilliant and I did like the new opening. Heck, the clockwork people thing with the not breathing was cool on it's own, but... so like stuff seen before it was underwhelming and not really...ooo scary!
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I had to stop watching this ep because it was just so utterly uninteresting. like last few eps with moffat have just felt like a bunch of tumblr gifs strung together instead of a plot but this wasn't even that.
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YES! THANK YOU! I've gotten sick of the cheap tricks, random women throwing themselves at the air-headed giraffe that is Matt Smith, plot holes, and continuity issues. I know we have 50 years of story to work within, but is Moffat would just slow down and focus of his job, he should be able to handle it. He's too busy trying to proclaim things as "cool"I'm looking forward to Capaldi stepping in. An older, experienced actor might just be our last chance for a decent story in Doctor Who.
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I was watching an interview where Capaldi was asked how he would play the Doctor, and he said "Fun, but he gets irritated when people don't do their job properly" so hopefully he'll be more "irritable" and less "fun" than his description.

But Moffat seems to be of the "this scene would be so much more better if that thing exploded for no reason". At the end of the day RTD writes a lot of gay works, (hence all the sexual tension between the Doctor and the Master, all of the Time Lord's 'wait, what are you exactly?' ....Jack) so his works are all going to appeal to fangirls and tumblrites because it's their hunting ground. 

I remember the anniversary show with David in it. It felt like a tug-of-war between Moffat's 'check out the size of my budget' writing and David's RTD-era doctor training. 
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Steven Moffat created Jack Harkness, actually.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Empt…

""The Empty Child" is the ninth episode of the first series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on 21 May 2005. It was the first episode written by Steven Moffat,"
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I liked Tennant-era Who, but my favorite of the new Who was 9.  I liked his otherness... which also had a lot of heart, but in a more alien sort of way.  One of the reasons that I think 11 became tedious was that he was too similar to 10 in all of the wrong ways.  Like 10 was great because he was different from 9, and he was more human and loving after coming off of 9 being hardened and scarred from war.  It was lovely and 10 was awesome.  But then with 11... it was like Moffat thought "Oh, girls like 10, I'll make him like 10!" and then he got all of the things we liked about 10 wrong.  And he made this petulant, human, contradictory doctor whose motivations were difficult to divine and then tried about 8 kinds of demi-romance with him. 

I liked the slightly more ensemble cast of Tennant era Who, and I liked having recurring characters.  However, I am already tired of the three recurring Victorian-era characters and I would like to move on from them.  I want Who to be random and playful again, and I want them to be flinging themselves across time and space rather than fixating on a very narrow range of human Earth history.  I want the storylines to be less heavy-handed and linear.  Like, I want the characters personal development to progress logically, but I don't need each episode to be part of some intricate season-long major arc. 

I am very excited about Capaldi, though, and relieved that Clara is on her way out.  :)  If nothing else, I like that Capaldi seems to be giving Moffat a bit of a hard time with some of the crap he's pulling.
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Shows you how far behind I am on my Who-trivia.. I'm ashamed to even call myself a fan of the show at this point :P 

If anyone's dense like me  :P and was wondering about the last sentence of the above comment .. well you could do a google search like I did :) .. or just click  on the links below  :)  ...

www.zap2it.com/blogs/doctor_wh…

www.themarysue.com/get-on-the-…
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i agree...its just not the same :-(
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:iconclapplz:

Moffat seems to me to fundamentally misunderstand the concept of Doctor Who.  It can dip its toes in dark and gritty, but it's not about those things.  DW is, at its heart, a fun adventure story for children.  It's meant to be about the wonderful adventures normal, everyday people can have with this fantastic alien man.  It's a childhood fantasy: wow, I hope the Doctor picks me up next!  Obviously there's going to be danger and it's going to get scary, but it's okay because the Doctor is always going to save the day.

Instead of writing for families, Moffat seems to be writing now exclusively for his own super-fans; he's narrowing his own audience down.  His Doctor is mean and vicious; his adventures are confusing and deadly; his companions are all pre-packaged as special, magical fairy women (because no one normal could possibly catch the Doctor's attention!)  All of this culminates in a Doctor kids wouldn't want to travel with, even if they thought they could.

RTD had his flaws, but my god do I ever miss him now.
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The righteous anger is strong in this one.

I'm glad to see that there is a sizeable enough portion of the fan base who are as fed up with the hack writer that is Moffet with his ego-stroking "look-at-how-clever-I-am" scripts with zero drama, zero interest, zero pacing, forced laugh story arcs.

I really wish people would stop rewarding this terrible writing. Plus, I also picked up on how horribly he writes women. I don't think he puts any effort into understanding them, let alone fleshing them out.

In the mean time, keep up your great work
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Hey good to see you posting again RobynRose (formerly known as Kxhara ;) - feels so strange after addressing you that way for so long to use a different name ;)  .. no criticism intended of course this is your profile on DA ... your own home "turf" so to speak even if there have been other.. INTERESTING, and not in a good way let's put it that way..  DA commentators who felt otherwise in the past .... and it goes without saying you should be able to name yourself whatever the heck you want ;)     ) .. though I know you've been busy with all the stuff you mentioned in the April 3rd 2013 post  damn sorry to hear about the stuff going on there  :(  .. hope things are better with your mom!   A new "state of the union" address post would be great btw if you get a chance ;) 

I am ashamed to admit that my first reaction to reading this was "huh?" showing that , despite my best intentions to be what I describe as "feminist-friendly", there are clueless males out there like myself who don't even know this  stuff is going on until it's pointed out to them.. I did some google research .. hopefully DA will let me post these links if not you can do a google search for "10 sexist Steven Moffat quotes", " Why does the man behind Sherlock and Dr. Who still have a job/ Aja Romano" and "Moffat's Doctor Who: are women just in the Tardis to flirt with the Doctor?/The Guardian"

www.hollywood.com/news/celebri…

www.dailydot.com/opinion/steve…

www.theguardian.com/tv-and-rad…

I have to say the Steven Moffat quotes in the first link were, for me, depressing as all hell  when I read them  :(  .. I've always been a huge Dr. Who fan, it's discouraging to find out the lead writer actually says stuff like this  :(  

And I have to admit I was also disappointed that there wasn't a female Doctor in this new season... to me that seems like the next natural "evolution" in the whole regeneration scheme, 12 guy doctors.. well 13 if you count the War Doctor... why not a female doctor by now?    Have to say I would freaking LOVE watching a female doctor go out there and kick dalek/cyberman/weeping angel/et cetera butt  !   :)     .. perhaps you could write up a new forum post with suggestions as to who would be a good actress for the role?   I love  the idea but I have to admit I'm poor at things like thinking of who would be a good actor or actress to fill a particular role  :(   ....  
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ugh.. apologies for all the emoticons too.. looking back at this now and wishing I hadn't included so many wink faces they practically look like they're LEERING at you.. so not what I was going for (shudders)...
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At times it felt like a lecture; "Okay, we've heard all the rumors and naysayers out there on the InterNet, and not only are we going to tell you how you should think and feel about the new Doctor, but why you should as well." It felt like it was aimed at women in particular, but maybe I'm reading into it too much.
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I love you so much for writing this.
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Some episodes really stand out for me in the last incarnation. The Doctors Wife was fantastic, but that was Neil Gaiman wtiting. Despite liking Matt Smith, the show just wasn't as engaging. The Ponds did grow on me over time.

I don't know if any companion/s will ever match Donna Noble. I really didn't want to see her go.
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I just hope that capaldi plays a doctor that drops swear words because we need a crank of a doctor. Smith was like "Oh me god, i'm a kiddo". Tennet was have fun and be mature. And eccleston was "grumpy cat" to me. I haven't watched the first episode of series eight yet so.
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I'm pretty sure the fans have all collectively decided that this doctor's catchphrase will be "Fuckity-bye" but I doubt the ratings board will let any swears through. Who is a G-rated children's show after all. Us adult fans are not the primary target audience of the show.
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it'd be awesome if his catch phrase was fuckity-bye. I dunno, after the last season with all the sexual innuendos, it can't really be called a children's show :/
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*sigh* I have to agree with you there. I really tried to like the new Who but I do have the same problems you have. It's just not about the people anymore but about the "Bang" and "Dazzle", which I find as hollow as you seem to. Let's hope he soon quits as showrunner.
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