Quote:I think he fully realises that all his hard work in rebuilding the show has been well and truly undermined. Not just undermined, but actively demolished. He knows the BBC has driven Doctor Who down a one way street from which it can't return.
I had never thought of it from that angle, you make an interesting comment.
While I have always felt both Davies and Moffatt might not rate Chris Chibnall in private I have never given real thought as to what Davies himself might think about the show since he handed it over... as you rightly say it was his work and success that revived it, he left it in terrific shape with an open future and no real baggage weighing it down thanks to the Time-War drawing a line under the past, and all his successor had to do was keep the wheels turning and carry on.
Steven Moffatt made it heavy going, a clever inventive writer yes, but always trying to go one better on himself and make it more and more clever, TOO clever. Really his one fault is that he stayed too long and his approach to the show began to add far too much weight and heavy narrative.
But as Davies looked on these last ten years you do have a valid point - what might he really be thinking....? He kept it simple. Straight-forward. Accessible to the mass audience. Populist. His successors on the other hand, no. I think you said here last week that an important aspect to the shows success s that it was never really about the Doctor and his past, it was about the story he found himself in this week. And that is absolutely spot on - Since Moffatt the series began to explore him and his secrets, it started revisiting old continuity and characters for stories, it moved the companions away from being ordinary people to being extraordinary from the first, and perhaps one of the worst decisions - it negated the Time-War and its effects.
From Davies' perspective you do have to wonder what he does really feel about the current state of affairs yes.
That's a good point.
Here's another one, maybe.
It wasn't just Davies who started it out but Julie Gardner as producer.
Unlike Davies and Moffat she had no connection to the old show, and made sure it was accessible to new viewers, and reeled in Russel T when he went too deep into the old continuity bin.
I loved the craziness of the Moffat years, but I'm an old Who fan.
I think the balance between Davies and Gardner was a better overall combination.