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Sunday, 7 February 2016
MOFFAT TO DEMATERIALIZE - NOT BEFORE TIME...
Hooray! STEVEN MOFFAT's leaving DOCTOR WHO!
From penning some of the best episodes under RUSSELL T.
DAVIES' tenure, he went on to oversee (and write) some of the
most self-indulgent geek-fests the programme's ever been prone to.
My one reservation about his replacement, CHRIS CHIBNALL,
is that he's also a long-time Doctor Who fan, which means he may
likewise aim the programme at the anoraks, instead of a wider
audience as RTD did when it was revived in 2005.
I'm hoping that PETER CAPALDI stays with the show for
quite a bit longer. He's been poorly-served by banal stories and
prattling dialogue, so it would be good to see what he's capable of
given some intelligent scripts, and plotlines which involve more than
merely running through claustrophobic corridors with doors open-
ing and closing behind and in front of either him or his companions.
What the programme needs is scripts of the quality of STAR
TREK's 'CITY On The EDGE Of FOREVER'.
It would also be a good idea to reintroduce some tension
between the Doctor and his companion(s), of the kind that ex-
isted between the first Doctor and his original fellow travellers. I
found the over-familiarity of CLARA (and her predecessors), and
the running banter 'twixt her and the Doctor (like that of a comedy
double-act) extremely tedious. The companion should always
harbour some doubt about the Doctor, and perhaps even
fear him a little. We need that tension.
Remember when Clara slapped the Doctor? Not only
would there've been a stushie had that happened in reverse,
it instantly robbed him of his authority and dignity - and all for
the sake of a cheap laugh. (Sadly, violence by women against men
seems to be more acceptable on TV. What a message to give out.)
He's a 1000-oddyear-old time-traveller for goodness' sake -
not a naughty little brother. The Doctor should be held in awe
and respect by the companions - with a fair serving of fear
and suspicion as well. That's the way to go.
So hopefully Capaldi will stick around and do the Doctor
the way he should be done. Let's just hope he loses the sun-
glasses and the guitar 'though - these desperate attempts to be
'down wiv the kids' are simply ridiculous. The show's played for
laughs far too often - it's well-past time it returned to being serious
drama. And one thing I hope future writers will take on board is
that not every story has to be SF-orientated (apart from the
inclusion of the TARDIS, obviously - that's a given).
Here's a novel idea: How about a straight action-adven-
ture or mystery tale set in the past? Now that would make
for an interesting change of pace, and may even reverse