I know, I know, it’s been a while. I’ve written two screenplays, got a book published and am graduating this semester so, I’ve been a little busy. But I feel like I have so much to share with you! So, I want you to know that I have not abandoned you, I have plenty of geek things to talk about. And I apologize for leaving you hanging for so long.
Ok, first of all what the hell is Moffat doing to my Doctor Who? I was very excited when I had heard that he would be taking over for Davies. I mean come on, he’s the man responsible for River Song, and the episodes he wrote under Davies were fantastic!
- The Empty Child
- The Doctor Dances
- The Girl In the Fireplace
- Silence In the Library
- Forest of the Dead
…just to name a few. All amazing episodes, yeah? I got the sense that he understood the underline principles of the show, and helped make it even greater than it was before! And yet, with the last season’s finale, I hung my head in disappointment and then I got a little angry.
SERIOUSLY, THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW THIS LINE ↓
OK, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED…
Moffat had jumped the shark on a few things that I let go, in anticipation for the ending, the episode that would answer not one, but 2 seasons of raised questions! But The Wedding of River Song was the most insulting crap I’ve ever watched on this show! It took a while for it to sink in. I mean the episode had cool stuff in it, as always, but I didn’t know how offended I really was until later. Does Moffat think we are stupid??
In the episode, the world (including our characters at the time of Silencio Lake, Utah) is in an alternative timeline universe where all of history is happening at the same time, 5:02 to be exact, (because he didn’t die when he was supposed to, thanks to River). Then we find out that its okay, she can shoot him at the lake, because he won’t really be dead. He reveals to River that his body is really a fake body, with the tiny shrunken real Doctor driving it. Basically, he’s hiding. So, they get married (still not sure why, as far as plot drive, but I like that they are married), kiss, and time goes back right, leaving us at the moment of his death on Lake Silencio. River shoots him, he “dies” and they burn his body. The fake Doctor body got “dead” and then his tiny little self crawled out of the dead body, off a burning boat in the middle of a lake, then he somehow got back to his normal size again.
Ok, I’ll let a lot of that slide, but who the hell was the Doctor supposed to be tricking?? Seriously? I can see that working if he was trying to pull a fast one on the Silence, or all the creatures of the Universe. But Time itself? The reason the alternate world was created where history was all happening at once, was because the Doctor’s Death was a fixed point in time and it didn’t happen. River changed a fixed point in time and made that happen, because Time has rules of engagement, and when Time Lords (or Children if Time) don’t play by the rules of Time, everything goes wonky, with serious consequences. So, Moffat, do you really think that because the Doctor hid inside of a frakkin android that this could actually fool Time itself? Really? If River’s refusal to kill him caused Time to collapse in on itself, surely his own plan to cheat death should have caused another collapse. And how did the fake Teselecta body gain the ability to start the regeneration process, where all the time vortex stuff bursts out of every appendage? And the River from the beach was most certainly NOT the same River that wound up in the 5:02 alternative timeline. She hadn’t become the River we know by the time she’s stuffed into the suit and sent to kill the Doctor, not even close.
It doesn’t make sense. When the rules of your story world are created, no matter what they are, you HAVE to stick to them! Why didn’t you make it so that the Doctor that dies is the doppelganger? You know, the Doctor duplicate that actually shares his DNA and could actually be considered the death of the Doctor by Time. You wouldn’t be trying to fool Time then, it would just be accepted by Time as a fact, a fixed point in time where the Doctor dies. Did everyone expect that? Yes. Would that have been a suprise twist ending? No, but I’d rather see it coming then for you to give me something that doesn’t even fit within the world you are writing.
Moffat, you have such brilliant moments of awesome, and then you somehow drop the ball, leaving us confused and hanging without wrapping it all up. It’s wonderful to bring up new story questions throughout a series, we want that! But when you put up the plates to spin, you must bring them down by the end of the story (i.e. the season finale). Otherwise, your audience feels cheated. You know this, so stop doing it. We’re still wondering what/who blew up the TARDIS last year?? Bring down the plates!
And another thing, I’m American. I’m very glad you did a couple of episodes in America, that was great. I’ve also seen that you are doing more shooting in America for the 7th series. But please, whatever you do, do NOT try to Americanize Doctor Who! I’m rather upset already that Matt Smith’s Doctor hasn’t even been to London yet (unless you count that alternative timeline London). What’s up with that? I miss London. I’ve never been there in real life, so I have, in the past, used Doctor Who’s travels to London as a vicarious visitation. So, I’m ready to go back there, please.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually find Moffat’s positive endings refreshing over Davies’ guilt-ridden-emo-wallowing season finales. And that, my friends, is one of the many things that brings me back each season. Matt Smith is my favorite Doctor, River Song is a mysterious and intriguing addition, and I love that Moffat’s seasons always end on a happy, uplifting, and anticipatory note. Sounds like I’m seriously contradicting myself doesn’t it? Watch it, then you’ll know why I’m so torn. What it comes down to is this: Moffat, I love what you’re doing! But you gotta pull your crap together or you’re gonna lose it.
Much like River Song said about the Doctor in A Good Man Goes to War: “He’ll rise higher than ever before, and then fall so low.” Don’t fall low, Steven Moffat, keep rising higher! Be the Awesome!