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Subj: Re: Must the new and next Dr stay as female then?
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2022 at 04:24:19 pm GMT (Viewed 54 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Must the new and next Dr stay as female then?
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2022 at 09:48:23 pm GMT (Viewed 45 times)


      True, but at least he has a track record of producing an enjoyable product. That is more than can be said for the most recent show runner.

    He also has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of television in terms of diversity and LGBTQ representation. None of which is a bad thing in itself, but apply the wrong amount in the wrong place at the wrong time and the results can be pretty disastrous.

True, although sometimes it is hard to tell what is the right and wrong amounts until well after the fact.

    He changed the dynamic of the series vastly during his first run. The Doctor having an implied romantic/sexual relationship with companions, the first openly pansexual character, the Doctor's first gay kiss and so on.

Sure, and he also changed the general ton from the classic series into more of an action event that could be seen as more relatable to a wider audience. Not that the original material had no action.

I thought all of those things were good overall. As for the most part they felt like they fit with everything else happening. Others probably disagree though.

    That may have been as far as he could go in 2005. But this isn't 2005 any more. We have a new management at the BBC with a more strident diversity policy and five seasons of Doctor Who that have pushed those policies as much as they can. He may well feel he now has a platform to push things even further. Yes, I dare say he'll deliver good scripts, but if he's also delivering changes that will alienate the viewers, doubling down on the last five series, then what's the point? The show can't afford to drop much further in the ratings.

Sure, although I am not sure what more alienating there would be in this case. Alot of fans have been driven off. RTD coming back may bring some back but not all of them.

And good scripts would at least be in the right direction as the more recent series has been pretty bad on that front IMO.


      It is not a promise that it will result in repeated success by any means though.

    Repeating himself isn't on the cards. In a recent interview he said something like 'It's going to be different. If it wasn't going to be different, then I wouldn't have come back'.

I am not expecting him to repeating himself. Just that he was successful before so it is at least possible that he is successful again.

I do not think any artist is keen to repeat themselves if they can avoid it.

    If anyone out there thinks he's going to reset the clock back to 2005-2010, I think they're going to be very disappointed.

I do not, but I think he was a good story teller and made stories that were engaging and accessible to fans. Which is very important. It is the baseline for whatever else you want to do, that and strong actors playing in key roles.

I am hoping for that, not a retread of what worked then but that is just me.

What worked then and what works now may be different and past success does not always indicate future success. But given the alienation over the last few years it is hard for me to imagine it being worse than that, other than potentially dealing with story elements.

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