Whenever I have to deal with New Who fans who refuse to watch Classic Who because “the effects are lame” or “the Doctor’s old and boring”, a little mental image presents itself:
My darlings, I hope that in the fullness of time you find yourself attending…
But no really can we seriously please have Chesterton back for series 8 PLEASE
because you have the opportunity to make him the mysterious twinkly-eyed old wise man, who always seems to know more than you.
and then it’s revealed that he’s one of the first people to…
WE EXPECTED SOMETHING HUGE AND AMAZING
BUT WE ALSO EXPECTED TEARS AND PAIN AND HEARTBREAK
AND WE GOT THE STORY OF MASS GENOCIDE REPLACED WITH THE STORY OF A GENIUS TRICK THAT SAVED BILLIONS
THE STORY THAT BRINGS HOPE
THAT SHOWS THAT WHEN…
It should be said, Steven Moffat has had a lot of cleaning to do. Whether you think it was justified or not, Russell T Davies had an intensely cavalier approach to Doctor Who canon. The most common valid complaint against him was that he simply mis-characterised existing characters. In reality, what Davies did was simplified the characters to their base elements, then boiled away all but one, which he turned up to eleven. He made them into caricatures of their former selves. With The Master and Davros, it was their insanity. Everything else was lost and he was reduced to that element of his personality. With The Doctor, he removed almost everything else, took the danger, darkness, and snark, and turned it up to 12.
To many, myself included, this characterisation felt dishonest to the original. In fact, the most common complaint against David Tennant’s Doctor, from those who have seen significant quantities of Classic Who, was that he simply didn’t “feel like” The Doctor for explicitly these reasons.
Petition for a show with these guys where they’re given epic quests each week. THIS WEEK WE’RE FILLING STEVEN MOFFAT’S DOUGHNUT WITH MAYO. NEXT WEEK: TRYING TO CHECK A DALEK AT THE AIRPORT.