Moffat’s determination to leave his mark on the franchise doesn’t stop at creating characters who out-Doctor the Doctor. He wants to go further. He wants to get his hands dirty and fiddle with the machinery.
He’s not the first, of course. From Robert Holmes coming up with all the Gallifrey apparatus and the twelve regenerations to the Cartmel masterplan (new series fans: don’t ask. We’d be here all day), everyone’s wanted a go. Fair enough. We don’t demand that everything is set in stone. Change is good. But when you change stuff, you’d better make sure you don’t destroy it along the way. And we’re worried. For the first time since Moffat took the reins, we think he’s put a serious and permanent ding in it.
Twiddle things if you like. But you really, really, really shouldn’t mess with the basics. And the most basic of those basics is the Doctor’s essential mystery.
It’s all very interesting wondering what makes him tick. And that’s precisely why we shouldn’t know. Take a frog apart to see how it works, and you’re left with a pile of stinking guts and a dead frog. Fishing around in the Doctor’s past to find his mainspring doesn’t illuminate him, it diminishes him. And that’s a tragedy.
And even worse is the way it’s done. The Doctor is motivated by fear? The Doctor? And was only able to turn it around and draw on it because of Clara? Well, we’re sorry, but they can fuck right off with that. Moffat couldn’t have damaged the Doctor more thoroughly if he’d set out singlemindedly to stab him through the hearts.”
“Why Moffat likes these saintly mother/sexy dominatrix types so much, and why he can’t see how forcing so many of his important female characters into these roles is the epitome of a sexism he says he doesn’t feel, is none of our business. It’s his writing we’re here to critique, not his character. But as far as the writing goes, we detest it. Quite apart from the sexism, which just shouldn’t be there end of, presenting us with the same archetypes over and over is frankly pretty boring.”—http://www.androzani.com/listen.shtml
YOU KNOW THAT FEELING WHEN YOU’RE LISTENING TO A MOVIE’S SOUNDTRACK AND YOU JUST KNOW WHICH SCENE GOES WITH EACH TRACK AND YOU SAY THE DIALOGUES OUT LOUD AND YOU JUST FEEL LIKE FLYING BECAUSE THE VIOLINS AND TRUMPETS AND CLARINETS AND ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AND YOU GET THIS RUSH OF HAPPINESS BECAUSE FUCKING SOUNDTRACKS MAN
I’ve definitley noticed this too. Like, every episode so far there’s been at least one (usually more) instance where Twelve comments off-handedly that Clara is ugly or weird-looking or something. Once is sort of funny, but any more than that and it just wears you down.