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Subj: Re: Can the DR survive and thrive with a Female Dr then?
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 at 05:52:37 pm GMT (Viewed 82 times)
Reply Subj: Can the DR survive and thrive with a Female Dr then?
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 at 04:53:21 pm GMT (Viewed 77 times)
I'll be blunt - No. No it isn't going to thrive.
There does lie a precedent for the sort of malaise and mismanagement the series is going through in recent years - the 1980s.
When the series moved into the 1980s it gained a new young Producer, someone who had a lot of personal ambition but lacked any experience or aptitude for script-writing and communicating with writers. His strengths and priorities instead lay in Publicity, manipulating the press, focusing on the shows visual elements, and casting 'celebrities'.
And the show suffered. It suffered because it had found a Producer who had major problems in understanding that the show was powered by finding good scriptwriters and in particular having a strong Script-editor who was able to bond well with his Producer - the 1970s alone gave us terrifically successful era's with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and a good deal of that success lay in the formidable chemistry and friendships between the Producers and their script-editors. None of this happened in the 1980s, not until the arrival of Andrew Cartmel in 1987, and by then it was far far too late for the show... it's fate was already sealed.
You see a similar thing today, except it isn't a regime that is obsessing over 'celebrities' and the visual element, it is obsessing over social agenda's and fulfilling arcane 'quotas'. At the expense of both the scripts and the health of the show.
When the series was 'rested' in 1989 and the following decade allowed for a post-mortem of what went wrong there was a general conclusion reached that the fundamental reason Doctor Who went so badly off the rails in the 1980s is that it had completely lost sight of what powered it along, it had squandered its energies on fixating on tinsel and glitter and had stopped trying, stopped being ambitious. It no longer had self-belief or conviction in its output.
And you can see it all happening now, the energy and ambition of the first several years after 2005, that self-confidence, all gone and replaced with piffle.
So no, the show isn't going to have a resurgence, the creative regime currently in charge is (in my personal view) even weaker than the mid-1980s low-point was, even less talented, even less motivated, and far far less interested in 'Doctor Who'.... as low as opinion of John Nathan-Turner was, and still is, no one would say he didn't care about the show. And that's the absurd tragedy of it all in a way, JNT lost his good judgment completely come 1985, but as bad as his decisions and outlook became he still Cared. If you have any doubt about that I would point anyone towards his own Memoirs he read aloud for Big Finish before his passing.... he had passion for Doctor Who while he was making it, and still loved it after he had stopped making it
With Chris Chibnall, I never have had any sense he has any passion at all for the series. There are press releases, there are sound-bites, but these are not passion. Like Jodie Whittaker all I have is the sense that this is just a job, something to get through, with better things hopefully springing out of it once they are through...
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