Anonymous asked: why aren't you excited for the 50th? (this isn't hate but i'm just curious) also personally i think that the last day minisode with the regeneration of eight was quite good, although i didn't like the idea of john hurt being randomly inserted into the doctor's timeline
I think I get this question every time I say I’m not excited, but I don’t know if I’ve ever full-out explained it. It’s possible I have and I just don’t remember, because I’m tired, so I guess I’ll take the chance to explain it a bit.
You mentioned the Night of the Doctor minisode with Eight’s regeneration, and I think that episode is a small scale version of my issues with the 50th, and essentially, with Moffat. Paul McGann is this amazing actor who is so, so capable of playing a myriad of emotions and aspects of his character’s personality. Here is the potential for this deeply emotional story of intense character development, the chance to see Paul McGann, this dashing, romantic Doctor, become the darker Doctor we’ve seen glimpses of in Nine and Ten (and sometimes even Eleven). Within Eight is so much potential for a story that really explores what War can do to people, how it can transform them into someone almost recognizable, or how they can be someone so different and yet still intrinsically the same, still intrinsically good, as the Doctor always have been.
Yet instead, Moffat chooses to ignore that great potential, to side-step character development and a truly emotional story, in favor of a ‘mayfly’ Doctor. And ‘mayfly’ really is a perfect word to explain not only John Hurt, but this plot, and Moffat’s style of writing. Brief and exciting maybe in those brief moments, but gone in a flash, and in the end, meaningless. We forfeit the chance to see meaningful, resonating things like the change Eight would have to go through to become the Doctor who ended the Time War, to become someone who has to twist his goodness into doing something so cruel, in a way, and in the place of that depth of development and emotion, we’re given a ‘warrior potion’ and a Doctor we have no connection to, and will likely develop no connection to in the fleeting hour+ he’ll be on our screens, never to be seen from again. There’ll likely be no character development shown, no growth or change, no complex and layered emotions. Just flash and bang, a War Doctor created from a potion, there to do his job and then disappear.
To me, at least, it’s offensive. It’s disrespectful, even, to the legacy of Doctor Who. Especially on an episode that is supposed to reflect 50 years of the show, and instead is very clearly focused not on that 50 years of history, but on a brief and fleeting plot that Moffat concocted, probably assuming that it would be ‘genius’ and ‘crazy’ and ‘like nothing before!’. But that’s the thing right there. A 50th Anniversary celebration isn’t supposed to be like nothing before, it’s supposed to be a celebration of 50 years of a beloved television show.
But this whole episode is just like John Hurt’s War Doctor. It’s a fleeting mayfly, born and gone in an hour. And that’s not even touching on the fact that if he can do that to an episode celebrating 50 years of a show, if he can so easily disregard not only history, but the potential for depth and development that he had right there in his lap… what will he even do with the characters we love so much?
And that is why I’m not excited about the mayfly episode tomorrow.
You know..there is a lot of good points in there I’ve never thought about before.