Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: He has always been upfront about why he left...
Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 at 10:10:15 pm GMT (Viewed 83 times)
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    Which is how I sort of felt about the Smith era. Great Doctor but some of the stories were a bit too complicated and were focused onto things that made little sense to me. Or were just trying to be too meta for me. Or focusing too much on the companion at the expense of the Doctor, although that got worse after 11.

That's an interesting point, as there was a crossroads reached in that run (probobly series 6) where I too was having trouble following the narrative and making sense of Moffatt's increasingly dense and fractured plotting - 'The Wedding of River Song' left me thinking that if even a sci-fi/fantasy fan like me was being left in the dark by it then the general public...?!!! Surely they couldn't make any sense of it.
But the reality was the ratings were still very strong, hence I accepted that it WAS me, the public were fine with it.

In hindsight it is clear that Moffatt was directly altering the series to match the output and narrative styles of American streaming television. The dense intricate season-long narratives of Breaking Bad and Dexter are two examples, 'Lost' would have been another, and while it was hard going at the time what Moffatt does leave behind as a legacy is a run that stands up to rewatching because of this approach. Even Peter Capaldi's era will be reassessed and enjoyed in a new light when looked back on and binged.

With Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker's reign on the other hand, I am not as confident. Too shallow, too lacking in actor and characters chemistry to ever really engage the viewer of the future...

She is just not projecting to me the tech smarts, the leadership, and gravity of prior Drs!

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