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Review: Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<h3><big><big>Collateral Damage: The Problem With Steven Moffat</big></big></h3>\n<table cellpadding=\"8\" cellspacing=\"0\" width=\"200\" align=\"right\" style=\"margin:4px 20px 0px 10px;\">\n<tr>\n<td style=\"padding:0px;\"><img src=\"/sites/default/files/2010_12/come_along_pond2.jpg\" alt=\"\" /><small><em><strong></strong></em></small></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n<p>There are (at least) two kinds of cheating common in the writing of popular fiction. One is when a plot doesn\'t make sense, where an apparently intricate tapestry is revealed to be only a bunch of holes where the logic fell through; another is when a story\'s <em>human</em> logic is lacking, when long-established characters betray their readers\' or viewers\' previous experience of them.</p>\n<p>25 minutes into the 2010 <em>Doctor Who</em> Christmas Special, <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol_(Doctor_Who)\" target=\"_blank\">\"A Christmas Carol\"</a>, I was having a wonderful time, and thinking that the Steven Moffat I\'d once loved &mdash; the Steven Moffat who gave us the intricate yet humane chills of <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blink_%28Doctor_Who%29\" target=\"_blank\">\"Blink\"</a> and <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doctor_Dances\" target=\"_blank\">\"The Doctor Dances</a> &mdash; had come back to us at last.</p>\n<p>But still, I had misgivings, and by the 30 minute mark, they had re-emerged full-blown. The Steven Moffat who concocted last season\'s <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Bang_%28Doctor_Who%29\" tareget=\"_blank\">\"crack in the universe\"</a> story-line, and who had first shown his true colours with the popular but hollow and <em>in</em>humane <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_in_the_Fireplace\" target=\"_blank\">\"The Girl in the Fireplace\"</a> was still in charge.</p>\n<p>Moffat can be an excellent writer, whose plots are complex and who can create intriguing and believable characters with a few deft strokes of the auctorial keyboard. But as a dramatist, he has one honking big flaw, and it takes centre stage here. \"A Christmas Carol\" is a grand, meticulously-constructed romp, but a romp with a monstrous emptiness at its fairy-tale heart.</p>\n<p>The full review is <a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/unpopular_arts/doctor_who/a_christmas_carol\" target=\"_blank\">inside this link</a>. Minor plot spoilers ahead, but unless you\'ve never heard of Charles Dickens, not too many.</p>\n<h3><big><big>The Artist as Architect or, Another Woman in the Refrigerator</big></big></h3>\n<h3><big><big></big></big></h3>\n<table cellpadding=\"0\" cellspacing=\"0\" width=\"217\" align=\"left\" style=\"margin:4px 20px 10px 0px;\">\n<tr>\n<td style=\"padding:0px;\"><img src=\"/sites/default/files/2010_12/carriage_shark2.jpg\" alt=\"\" /><small><em><strong></strong></em></small></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n<p>Some writers fall in love with their characters, others with their stories. Good writers recognize their tendency and do their best to compensate accordingly. Too often, unfortunately, Steven Moffat forgets the importance of that kind of conscious balance and lets his love of puzzles lead him away from the importance of character.</p>\n<p>\"Sexism\" is a charge that\'s been levelled at Moffat on a fairly regular basis in the blogosphere, as is is the accusation that Moffat\'s <em>Doctor Who</em> is less racially and sexually inclusive than was <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_T_Davies\" target=\"_blank\">Russell T Davies\'</a> version of the venerable franchise.</p>\n<p>I long thought the sexism charge especially was wrong-headed. After all, Moffat brought us the likes of <a href=\"Sally Sparrow\" target=\"_blank\"> Sally Sparrow</a>, not to mention Nancy and the pan-sexual <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Harkness\" target=\"_blank\">Captain Jack</a>.</p>\n<p>Yet, as I watched his unsatisfying inaugural season at the helm of <em>Doctor Who</em> this past spring, it became clear there was <em>something</em> wrong with the show, some emptiness that unhappy viewers tended to fill with whatever particular concerns they had.</p>\n<p>Those whose focus is on race found the series\' faces less diverse than had been the case during the Davies era. Even after an <a href=\"http://community.livejournal.com/doctorwho/6903360.html\" target=\"_blank\">an examination</a> showed that the numbers didn\'t support the theory, I still thought the program <em>felt</em> more white than it had been under the hand of Russel T Davies.</p>\n<p>Those whose primary concern is sexism or sexuality claimed that Moffat\'s female characters lacked agency or were more passive than his male characters; yet could easily point to the aforementioned Sally Sparrow or River Song or, indeed, to Nancy from <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_empty_child\" target=\"_blank\">\"The Empty Child</a>\"/\"The Doctor Dances\" to show that Moffat\'s women can be as strong as any of his men.</p>\n<p>The evidence on the ground says that Steven Moffat is not significantly homophobic or sexist or racist. So what is it? Why do the accusations keep coming? Why does Moffat make me, and so many others, uncomfortable, forcing us to seek out ... whatever it is we\'re missing from his stories?</p>\n<p>\"A Christmas Carol\" provides the answer in the form of the episode\'s central (non-)character, <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Jenkins\" target=\"_blank\">Katherine Jenkins</a>\' Abigail Pettigrew, the woman in the <strike>refrigerator</strike> freezer.</p>\n<p>As the episode\'s title makes clear, \"A Christmas Carol\" is a reworking of the <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol\" target=\"_blank\">Charles Dickens classic</a>. In this instance, \"Scrooge\" is <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gambon\" target=\"_blank\">Michael Gambon</a>\'s Kazran Sardick, a rich and cruel miser who seems to have an entire planet as his personal fiefdom. Among his pleasures is lending money to the poor, while putting a family member into cryogenic storage as collateral. Whether he has hundreds, thousands, or millions of such unfortunates in his cellar is unclear, but it is seems certain they represent a significant \"surplus population\".</p>\n<p>The plot is driven by a spaceship which is about to crash on Sardick\'s world, if he won\'t open up the clouds surrounding it (never mind, just accept it). There being no profit in the gesture, Sardick refuses to do so. This being <em>Doctor Who</em>, time travel is the obvious solution and the Doctor hops off to visit Sardick as a 10 year-old boy.</p>\n<p>Fine. Rather than random ghosts, the Doctor will literally embody Christmases past, present and future. Sounds like fun. A for a while, it is. Moffat handles the early going with humour and wonder and a deft hand &mdash; he even gives us a pretty startling and imaginative monster.</p>\n<p>But the real monster is the conceit at the heart of this puzzle, a woman who is only a plot device, not a character.</p>\n<p>As with another fan-favourite, <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_in_the_Fireplace\" target=\"_blank\">\"The Girl in the Fireplace\"</a>, Moffat seems to have become so entranced by his own puzzle and so caught up with the structural romance that must have seemed great in synopsis, that he forgot he is writing <em>an episode</em> of an ongoing series, with characters of long-term interests and traits, with their own integrity, that must be respected if their actions are going to matter.</p>\n<p>In \"The Girl in the Fireplace\", Moffat\'s Doctor not only forgot that he had already fallen in love with Rose, but also and more importantly, that Rose and Mickey were under his care. Yet, having met Reinette, he abandoned them both to certain death on a derelict spaceship. That is the action not of a flawed and even egotistical hero (the Doctor we all know and love), but of a psychopath or, at best, of a cartoon character whose motivations are entirely dependent on the next joke.</p>\n<p>In \"A Christmas Carol\", it isn\'t the Doctor\'s companions who are abandoned, but rather a planetful of people suffering under a monstrous dictatorship, and an individual woman the Doctor blithely uses for his own ends. How? By defrosting her once a year on Christmas Eve for a decade, then popping her back in when he\'s done with her.</p>\n<p>Think about it. The Doctor (our Doctor!) never seems bothered that Sardick has a significant portion of the planet\'s population literally on ice, or that Abigail is one of them. Note. Just, \"Back into the freezer with you, lass! See you next year!\"</p>\n<p>To Moffat\'s Doctor, Abigail isn\'t a person, but only a means to an end; similarly, to Moffat, the Doctor himself isn\'t a character, but a piece of the latest time-travelling puzzle he (Moffat) has taken such care to construct.</p>\n<p>And it <em>is</em> an intricate construction. But as with an architect\'s drawing, the inanimate structure is detailed and complete, but the people pictured walking about at its base have no personality, let alone agency, but serve only to provide a context for what\'s <em>really</em> important to the picture: in this case, to Moffat\'s puzzle.</p>\n<p>Steven Moffat leaves a lot of us uncomfortable or unsatisfied not because he\'s a sexist or a racist, but because he\'s a writer who all too often treats his characters like chess-pieces on a board, rather than characters upon a stage.</p>\n<p>Abusing his characters, Moffat thus abuses his audience, breaking faith with us and our willingness to invest ourselves in a 50 year collaborative project called <em>Doctor Who</em>.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6a5aeb5d67726dd295fd519cc7830a2a' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>These are the things that have been bothering me since the beginning of the Moffat\'s season, and I\'m thankful to come across a solid, grounded conversation on the topic. Until now it seemed like every review or commentary or analysis of this season and special were all painfully pro-Moffat and sycophantic. And when people questioned it in any manner, the overwhelming trolls (I can\'t think of anything kinder to call them) would fire back a non-sequitur sort of ultimatum: \"Well if you don\'t like it then you\'re obviously just a whining RTD fanboy who can\'t get over the change. Get with the times.\"</p>\n<p>However, people here know better than that. There are very specific reasons why this season and special are crucially problematic. It\'s been said here already, so I won\'t pull it apart again, but I will summarize:</p>\n<p>The new Moffat series stars a Doctor who doesn\'t even take note, whether it be due to his new and different acuity or new and different disposition, of the fact that he effectively appeases a hideous, familial dictatorship that rules over a cruel planet. A dictatorship that holds untold scores of frozen people as collateral (as units of money, essentially). And all of this appeasement is in order for the Doctor to save what is relatively a much smaller group of people up in a ship than frozen on the planet. At the end of the episode, the dictatorship continues unabated, and all of the frozen people are left imprisoned as the Doctor did not even try to free them and appears not to have even thought about their freedom at all. Besides the people whose lives he saved aboard the ship, the only person that the Doctor helped was the dictator. He spent innumerable Christmas Eve\'s partying with him as the child grew into adulthood and took his fascist mantle from his father. What else is there to take away from this? I\'m not even going to make an obvious political allegory because... well, it\'s too obvious.</p>\n<p>There is something intrinsically inhumane about Moffat\'s version of the Doctor, and his actions or lack of actions are extremely disturbing at worst and simply unbelievable at best. Actually there is a middle ground between disturbing and unbelievable: unenjoyable. Am I happy about that? Not at all. I gave Moffat the benefit of the doubt all season and through the special. I tried. And he failed. I may catch an episode here or there, but I\'ll probably wait until it goes in a new direction in the hands of another showrunner.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:767ab7a63bf984ed1d2b8f4b305dcd51' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Ah, but said dictator is now refashioned into a much nicer person (probably), so the whole nasty business with the freez-a-citizen will be happily resolved. Probabaly.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d7866ade2a05436aa272e0f1ccd3faee' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><em>Am I happy about that? Not at all. I gave Moffat the benefit of the doubt all season and through the special. I tried. And he failed. I may catch an episode here or there, but I\'ll probably wait until it goes in a new direction in the hands of another showrunner.</em></p>\n<p>To paraphrase Bill Clinton, I share your disappointment. But I will most likely keep watching. After all, \"Vincent and the Doctor\" <em>was</em> pretty damned good.</p>\n<p>But (obviously) I agree that the Special kind of distilled an \"inhumanity\" in Moffat\'s Doctor that is morally problematic at best.</p>\n<p>As an aside, I linked to my essay in a few places and someone who read this post via my <a href=\"http://ed-rex.dreamwidth.org\" target=\"_blank\">Dreamwidth</a> account in the <a href=\"http://doctorwho.dreamwidth.org\" target=\"_blank\">doctorwho community</a> there, asked whether the Doctor actually managed to help anyone at all this season. \"It\'s a genuine question,\" they added, and a member called <a href=\"http://gehayi.dreamwidth.org\" target=\"_blank\">Gehayi</a> did the necessary work to provide the answer, which boils down to, <a href=\"http://doctorwho.dreamwidth.org/20893.html?thread=126109#cmt126109\" target=\"_blank\">not bloody much.</a> It\'s a rather sobering run-down on the series which you might find interesting.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:588897f4443cc241918c590a84b67f26' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>\"In \"A Christmas Carol\", it isn\'t the Doctor\'s companions who are abandoned, but rather a planetful of people suffering under a monstrous dictatorship, and an individual woman the Doctor blithely uses for his own ends.\"</p>\n<p>First of all, who\'s to say that the reformed Sardick won\'t have a few changes in store for the planet such as, say, dissolving the dictatorship he and his father created and freeing the people in cryo? I know it\'s not mentioned that he does so, but surely he\'s enough of a changed man that he could potentially do it.</p>\n<p>Second of all, you make it sound like the Doctor deliberately included Abigail in his grand scheme. Not so. It was young Kazran who selected her cryo chamber -- indeed, the Doctor was quite surprised to see her again. It was also young Kazran who effectively forced the Doctor to visit every Christmas Eve, despite the Doctor\'s protests. (Granted, that still doesn\'t explain why he didn\'t let her go free the first time they let her out...)</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d1298e3a168f8e7444fa28dd1d6db4e0' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><em>... who\'s to say that the reformed Sardick won\'t have a few changes in store for the planet such as, say, dissolving the dictatorship he and his father created and freeing the people in cryo?</em></p>\n<p>As I\'ve replied to one or two others suggesting more or less the same thing here, I find that idea both morally and dramatically unsatisfying. Morally, because even a benevolent dictatorship is still a dictatorship and dramatically, because the Doctor has a very long history of objecting to dictatorships.</p>\n<p><em>It was also young Kazran who effectively forced the Doctor to visit every Christmas Eve, despite the Doctor\'s protests.</em></p>\n<p>Sorry, but that doesn\'t wash. If two million cybermen, or a skyful of Dalek saucers, if dinosaurs or the full weight of the Time Lord High Council can\'t \"force\" the Doctor to do anything, I\'m not buying that Kazran is suddenly the one guy who\'s got the Doctor under his thumb.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:e7c2c9513500afdac47c7fc86f1c1511' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Hm, I try very much not to hate the new Doctor Who era, since I do not have any choice but to stick to it. However, there is something you point out that I can\'t ignore, this being of course the way the Doctor ignored people being frozen in the protagonists basement. It does seem very strange that the Doctor shows no strong reaction and seemly shrugs it off. Alarming, even.<br />\nI think Moffat might be trying to sell this off under the cover of Eleven\'s distractedness. He didn\'t notice the numbers changing on Abigail\'s cryogenic tank, either, nor did he follow the \"why would you need doctors for?\" trail. A character trait I am frankly not very fond of, but which admittedly fits the whole character well. </p>\n<p>I was least fond of the beginning, though- the first scenes including Amy and Rory made me think this would be a silly, hollow episode. Thankfully, the next scenes involving the Doctor and fish swimming in fog proved me wrong. </p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:cc6589119f75745fcc374defadf92b26' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><em>I think Moffat might be trying to sell this off under the cover of Eleven\'s distractedness. He didn\'t notice the numbers changing on Abigail\'s cryogenic tank, either, nor did he follow the \"why would you need doctors for?\" trail. A character trait I am frankly not very fond of, but which admittedly fits the whole character well.</em></p>\n<p>I don\'t much like the character trait, either, but absent-minded sure has a long pedigree on Doctor Who (the First and Fourth, in different ways, spring immediately to mind). But I think you\'re being generous to Moffat. There is an inconsistency to Eleven\'s distractedness that strikes me more as sloppy on the writer\'s part than on the character\'s.</p>\n<p>Still, I live in hope for change next season &dmash; and in the knowledge that this past season of <em>The Sarah Jane Adventures</em> was mostly very good, so I have good reason to hope for some more quality from that corner if not from the main event.</p>\n<blockquote><p><small>P.S. I\'m pleased to see you pop over from LJ. I think you\'re only the 2nd person from there to comment here.</small></p></blockquote>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:a5db1351ba0fa91f6d02467e0adc8c63' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>\"Abusing his characters, Moffat thus abuses his audience, breaking faith with us and our willingness to invest ourselves in a 50 year collaborative project called Doctor Who.\"</p>\n<p>Wow, after reading your critique, I think you are being way too harsh on Moffat. </p>\n<p>Have you thought about the possibility that by getting Sardick \"out of the darkness\" that Sardick would be moved to make his planet a better place? Sure The Doctor could have worked to get those that were frozen free, but wouldn\'t it be better to break the system so that these things don\'t happen again when The Doctor leaves? </p>\n<p>I can understand why you may not like Moffat\'s style, but I wouldn\'t go so far as to say that he\'s abusive to his characters or audience. George Lucas perhaps... :P</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:ce84845bbf9408373f450910f97e8190' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><em>Have you thought about the possibility that by getting Sardick \"out of the darkness\" that Sardick would be moved to make his planet a better place?</em></p>\n<p>I\'ve thought about it, yes. I object to it on two grounds. First, that once involved in a situation, it would be very uncharacteristic for the Doctor to just leave thousands (millions?) of people in the hands of one (possibly reformed) money-lender. The Doctor has never been fond of dictators, whether political or economic.</p>\n<p>Second, if that <em>was</em> Moffat\'s intent, it\'s not just out of character, but morally-repugnant.</p>\n<p>But mainly, not in the Christmas Special, nor often during his initial series have I been convinced enough by his characters to give much of a damn about them.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:fadc2944233357617801882084bb7f55' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>I grew up watching this show on early-morning reruns and video tapes, hearing stories about Daleks and Cybermen from a young age from my mother who had watched the show as a girl in London.</p>\n<p>I vastly prefer this season to the last few. I have never understood the complaints of sexism, racism ect. This season to me feels like pre-break Doctor Who more so than any of the seasons under Davies. I loved Davies, but I prefer the fairy-tale approach of Moffatt. The stories are dark, and there isn\'t solutions or explanations to bad things. That\'s life. Thousands of people put on ice to be collateral for their family. Simply a setting for a story. Plus, no one has mentioned that every single one of them agreed to be in that position. They weren\'t forced into machines and deprived of their freedom. They choose it because it would help their families. Abigail never once said that she regretted her choice. She made it, and never once complained. She lived the life she had been given. Was it unfair? Yes. But that doesn\'t make Moffatt sexist or a bad writer, it makes it truthful.</p>\n<p>That is something I have found this season, the stories are more truthful. People act out of character, they make bad choices, they are shallow, self-centered and can\'t see past their own problems. If anything Moffatt is writing more complete people. People live and they die. That is the only thing that is consistent with everyone, everything else are independent choices. Some people are never aware of the world around them, some are selfish and some give everything they have. By making the characters of Amy (and Rory) people who are lacking major personality traits if anything makes them more real.</p>\n<p>I love reading people\'s opinions, even if they differ from mine, because one thing about this community I love is that we can talk about Doctor Who in a mature way. I look forward to the next season, and hope that Moffatt and Smith continue to work together on this show for years to come.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:bf59c8d54a64ea23077377bfa9dafea8' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>While reading your comment, I came to think that you\'re right when saying that Moffat\'s stories are more life-like than RTD\'s were. I think RTD would have tried to fix the Abigail-must-die problem. I half expected the Doctor to try, and I think that RTD would have let him. But you\'re right. <i>People live and they die.</i> But that doesn\'t mean their life empty. This message may be more precious than the one that RTD might have delivered with his happy \"Everybody lives!\"-type of ending.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:e49d6aa425f789fd1865a13644cd6d4c' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Ultimately despite the sloppiness of Ten\'s end, I think more of RTD, perhaps because I care more about characters. Though I\'d go further and say that Moffat\'s not a plot writer, because his plots, while occasionally byzantine, frequently make little sense. He\'s an IDEA writer. He gets a central idea, and then a lot of little bright sparks like flying fish, and moves the plots and characters around them. Which is, I think, part of his disdain for continuity, narrative or character-wise. It is just a hindrance to him, rather than a means of building and expressing himself/making stories work for viewers. </p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:e2116d9c2b84d5a02046b5d19e89bab2' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Oh, I’ll continue to watch, grumbling as I do because if Doctor Who is on, I’ll watch. But I have such lowered on it.<br />\nJean McEwen</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6e4e56826f3a5d37fd8ff2305e02d914' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>And I\'ll continue to post spam comments (so long as they sound at least somewhat on topic), just as I\'ll delete the links.</p>\n<p>Or rather, I won\'t, but will post yours, because I find it especially appalling, Brett (if that <em>is</em> your name), that you would sign your comment with a dead woman\'s handle. Piss-poor way to drum up business if you ask me, son.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:5b8e8ab11aca4e650c4dbf646d022294' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>I like your distinction between plot writer vs idea writer and suspect you\'ve hit it in suggesting that Moffat falls into the latter category.</p>\n<p>However, I suspect that a fan might hit us both up with a detailed summary showing that every objection we had made some kind of logical, puzzle-sense &mdash; which would leave us sputtering that the <em>character</em> were unconvincing, but unable to prove it.</p>\n<p>But I still think you\'re right.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:1fbdf92df7b6c7fb2f6530f73a06c40c' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>I find Moff\'s writing and characterisation MUCH more palatable than Rusty\'s; I hated Ten, hated what Rose turned into with Ten after really liking her with Nine, and couldn\'t even watch the series with Catherine Tate in... And yet I adore Amy and find Rory irritating; there\'s nobody who has more agency than Amy - how many times has she saved the world now? - and Rory is just wet, which is what Rusty turned Rose into with Ten. She was so ballsy with Nine... </p>\n<p>Anyway, it\'s interesting to see people who have the polar opposite view.</p>\n<p>Eleven seems much more Doctorish to me precisely BECAUSE he\'s less obsessed with humans and humanity; but then I\'m a Sixfan, so that\'s always going to be the case.</p>\n<p>But yes, the woman in refridgerator bit is... not nice. There is part of me that\'s wondering, though... Is Moffat consciously thinking \"well, if they\'re going to accuse me of being sexist....\" Because, if I\'m honest, that\'s what I\'d do.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:1d418eea2d7b0f49762f581db65f1538' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><em>Is Moffat consciously thinking \"well, if they\'re going to accuse me of being sexist....\" Because, if I\'m honest, that\'s what I\'d do.</em></p>\n<p>I don\'t buy it, but that\'s an interesting idea vis-a-vis the woman in the refrigerator trope. I can even imagine doing something similar were I in his boots (though I\'m also sure I\'d regret it in the morning.)</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9a3709966ed012a69d9ba94c0f7b8965' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>I was sharing this post with my boyfriend after reading it, and we both agree. When I first heard the set up for Series 5, we were very unsure of Matt Smith and his ability to play such a beloved character as the Doctor, especially with the departure of David Tennant, who was brilliant.</p>\n<p>On the other hand, we had such high hopes for the writing, because Moffat was taking over, and he\'d written such amazing episodes as Blink and The Doctor Dances.</p>\n<p>It seems to me that Matt Smith actually is doing fairly well, better than I expected, with the Doctor. I like his slightly crazed but also brutally honest Doctor quite a bit.</p>\n<p>However, I\'ve been disappointed with the over-arcing season, and I think you\'ve finally pinned it down quite a bit as to why.</p>\n<p>I also agree with May. I am not really attached to Amy yet as a companion. Not that I really dislike her, but after having such a complex companion (ginger, too!) in Donna, who really had evident growth throughout our entire time of knowing her, I am disappointed by Amy. Even in episodes like Amy\'s Choice, she still comes away feeling very one-dimensional and empty. Rory even has more depth than her, and he\'s honestly a secondary companion.</p>\n<p>I really do hope that the depth of the characters improves over S6, as opposed to just \"twisty-turny\" plotting.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:8c17b851eec061512234ad4bf4d72645' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>I think Matt Smith is doing very well, even; he\'s got charm and some talent.</p>\n<p>\"Amy\'s Choice\" was another example of an episode that just didn\'t ring true for me on a psychological level &mdash; or so I think. Like most of the series\' episodes, it\'s also fading pretty quick and I have little interest in revisiting it.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:04885949ec8d9ecaa34d8d3f30975287' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Oh yes, so right. I think the key issue is that Moffat comes up with a plot and then fits the characters in around them, while RTD comes up with characters and then fits the plot around them. But beyond that, there\'s something rather disturbing about the idea of a woman who has no objection to spending 364 days of the year frozen and only gets brought out when a couple of boys want something to play with at Christmas.</p>\n<p>And yes, a Doctor who discovers a whole lot of people frozen as collateral for loans and then doesn\'t do anything about it is quite disturbing too.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:66cdaf957d6831986cdb5c1d0dfc5159' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>... but I\'d say it\'s also pretty close to plain unbelievable. Which is something I\'ve been finding with a lot of Moffat\'s stories: the psychology just doesn\'t add up.</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:da58908bec241cbfc7843e42442747ba' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This is a great explanation of why i haven\'t liked the last season. I have absolutely no interest or attachment to Amy at all, and in fact she actually puts me off. I think its because we only see the really annoying parts of her personality, without the softer, more human side. I\'m really not that attached to this doctor either.. i just don\'t feel like i have any reason to be. Nothing against the actors, but i feel like i\'d be relieved if they were both switched out (though i think a different writer could save them). Rory and River are the only ones I like. And I hate it because no, joke, Ten haunts my dreams. I miss him like a real person, and I absolutely adore all of his companions. I just feel like there was much more character development there, thus a love developed. They were like real people. Now? No. I agree, they all feel like chess pieces in story lines which aren\'t really that good. Crack in the universe? Oh, all better, no repercussions on anything what so ever. What? If you\'re not going to do something properly, just stick to simple, interesting plots. =\\</p>\n<p>Anyway, yes I agree!</p>\n', created = 1513277487, expire = 1513363887, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:0fbac3c6445aa4698f768ecc9a171c5b' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Collateral Damage: The Problem With Steven Moffat

There are (at least) two kinds of cheating common in the writing of popular fiction. One is when a plot doesn't make sense, where an apparently intricate tapestry is revealed to be only a bunch of holes where the logic fell through; another is when a story's human logic is lacking, when long-established characters betray their readers' or viewers' previous experience of them.

25 minutes into the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special, "A Christmas Carol", I was having a wonderful time, and thinking that the Steven Moffat I'd once loved — the Steven Moffat who gave us the intricate yet humane chills of "Blink" and "The Doctor Dances — had come back to us at last.

But still, I had misgivings, and by the 30 minute mark, they had re-emerged full-blown. The Steven Moffat who concocted last season's "crack in the universe" story-line, and who had first shown his true colours with the popular but hollow and inhumane "The Girl in the Fireplace" was still in charge.

Moffat can be an excellent writer, whose plots are complex and who can create intriguing and believable characters with a few deft strokes of the auctorial keyboard. But as a dramatist, he has one honking big flaw, and it takes centre stage here. "A Christmas Carol" is a grand, meticulously-constructed romp, but a romp with a monstrous emptiness at its fairy-tale heart.

The full review is inside this link. Minor plot spoilers ahead, but unless you've never heard of Charles Dickens, not too many.

The Artist as Architect or, Another Woman in the Refrigerator

Some writers fall in love with their characters, others with their stories. Good writers recognize their tendency and do their best to compensate accordingly. Too often, unfortunately, Steven Moffat forgets the importance of that kind of conscious balance and lets his love of puzzles lead him away from the importance of character.

"Sexism" is a charge that's been levelled at Moffat on a fairly regular basis in the blogosphere, as is is the accusation that Moffat's Doctor Who is less racially and sexually inclusive than was Russell T Davies' version of the venerable franchise.

I long thought the sexism charge especially was wrong-headed. After all, Moffat brought us the likes of Sally Sparrow, not to mention Nancy and the pan-sexual Captain Jack.

Yet, as I watched his unsatisfying inaugural season at the helm of Doctor Who this past spring, it became clear there was something wrong with the show, some emptiness that unhappy viewers tended to fill with whatever particular concerns they had.

Those whose focus is on race found the series' faces less diverse than had been the case during the Davies era. Even after an an examination showed that the numbers didn't support the theory, I still thought the program felt more white than it had been under the hand of Russel T Davies.

Those whose primary concern is sexism or sexuality claimed that Moffat's female characters lacked agency or were more passive than his male characters; yet could easily point to the aforementioned Sally Sparrow or River Song or, indeed, to Nancy from "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" to show that Moffat's women can be as strong as any of his men.

The evidence on the ground says that Steven Moffat is not significantly homophobic or sexist or racist. So what is it? Why do the accusations keep coming? Why does Moffat make me, and so many others, uncomfortable, forcing us to seek out ... whatever it is we're missing from his stories?

"A Christmas Carol" provides the answer in the form of the episode's central (non-)character, Katherine Jenkins' Abigail Pettigrew, the woman in the refrigerator freezer.

As the episode's title makes clear, "A Christmas Carol" is a reworking of the Charles Dickens classic. In this instance, "Scrooge" is Michael Gambon's Kazran Sardick, a rich and cruel miser who seems to have an entire planet as his personal fiefdom. Among his pleasures is lending money to the poor, while putting a family member into cryogenic storage as collateral. Whether he has hundreds, thousands, or millions of such unfortunates in his cellar is unclear, but it is seems certain they represent a significant "surplus population".

The plot is driven by a spaceship which is about to crash on Sardick's world, if he won't open up the clouds surrounding it (never mind, just accept it). There being no profit in the gesture, Sardick refuses to do so. This being Doctor Who, time travel is the obvious solution and the Doctor hops off to visit Sardick as a 10 year-old boy.

Fine. Rather than random ghosts, the Doctor will literally embody Christmases past, present and future. Sounds like fun. A for a while, it is. Moffat handles the early going with humour and wonder and a deft hand — he even gives us a pretty startling and imaginative monster.

But the real monster is the conceit at the heart of this puzzle, a woman who is only a plot device, not a character.

As with another fan-favourite, "The Girl in the Fireplace", Moffat seems to have become so entranced by his own puzzle and so caught up with the structural romance that must have seemed great in synopsis, that he forgot he is writing an episode of an ongoing series, with characters of long-term interests and traits, with their own integrity, that must be respected if their actions are going to matter.

In "The Girl in the Fireplace", Moffat's Doctor not only forgot that he had already fallen in love with Rose, but also and more importantly, that Rose and Mickey were under his care. Yet, having met Reinette, he abandoned them both to certain death on a derelict spaceship. That is the action not of a flawed and even egotistical hero (the Doctor we all know and love), but of a psychopath or, at best, of a cartoon character whose motivations are entirely dependent on the next joke.

In "A Christmas Carol", it isn't the Doctor's companions who are abandoned, but rather a planetful of people suffering under a monstrous dictatorship, and an individual woman the Doctor blithely uses for his own ends. How? By defrosting her once a year on Christmas Eve for a decade, then popping her back in when he's done with her.

Think about it. The Doctor (our Doctor!) never seems bothered that Sardick has a significant portion of the planet's population literally on ice, or that Abigail is one of them. Note. Just, "Back into the freezer with you, lass! See you next year!"

To Moffat's Doctor, Abigail isn't a person, but only a means to an end; similarly, to Moffat, the Doctor himself isn't a character, but a piece of the latest time-travelling puzzle he (Moffat) has taken such care to construct.

And it is an intricate construction. But as with an architect's drawing, the inanimate structure is detailed and complete, but the people pictured walking about at its base have no personality, let alone agency, but serve only to provide a context for what's really important to the picture: in this case, to Moffat's puzzle.

Steven Moffat leaves a lot of us uncomfortable or unsatisfied not because he's a sexist or a racist, but because he's a writer who all too often treats his characters like chess-pieces on a board, rather than characters upon a stage.

Abusing his characters, Moffat thus abuses his audience, breaking faith with us and our willingness to invest ourselves in a 50 year collaborative project called Doctor Who.

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And I thought I was the only one...

These are the things that have been bothering me since the beginning of the Moffat's season, and I'm thankful to come across a solid, grounded conversation on the topic. Until now it seemed like every review or commentary or analysis of this season and special were all painfully pro-Moffat and sycophantic. And when people questioned it in any manner, the overwhelming trolls (I can't think of anything kinder to call them) would fire back a non-sequitur sort of ultimatum: "Well if you don't like it then you're obviously just a whining RTD fanboy who can't get over the change. Get with the times."

However, people here know better than that. There are very specific reasons why this season and special are crucially problematic. It's been said here already, so I won't pull it apart again, but I will summarize:

The new Moffat series stars a Doctor who doesn't even take note, whether it be due to his new and different acuity or new and different disposition, of the fact that he effectively appeases a hideous, familial dictatorship that rules over a cruel planet. A dictatorship that holds untold scores of frozen people as collateral (as units of money, essentially). And all of this appeasement is in order for the Doctor to save what is relatively a much smaller group of people up in a ship than frozen on the planet. At the end of the episode, the dictatorship continues unabated, and all of the frozen people are left imprisoned as the Doctor did not even try to free them and appears not to have even thought about their freedom at all. Besides the people whose lives he saved aboard the ship, the only person that the Doctor helped was the dictator. He spent innumerable Christmas Eve's partying with him as the child grew into adulthood and took his fascist mantle from his father. What else is there to take away from this? I'm not even going to make an obvious political allegory because... well, it's too obvious.

There is something intrinsically inhumane about Moffat's version of the Doctor, and his actions or lack of actions are extremely disturbing at worst and simply unbelievable at best. Actually there is a middle ground between disturbing and unbelievable: unenjoyable. Am I happy about that? Not at all. I gave Moffat the benefit of the doubt all season and through the special. I tried. And he failed. I may catch an episode here or there, but I'll probably wait until it goes in a new direction in the hands of another showrunner.

Ah, but said dictator is now

Ah, but said dictator is now refashioned into a much nicer person (probably), so the whole nasty business with the freez-a-citizen will be happily resolved. Probabaly.

I'll probably keep watching

Am I happy about that? Not at all. I gave Moffat the benefit of the doubt all season and through the special. I tried. And he failed. I may catch an episode here or there, but I'll probably wait until it goes in a new direction in the hands of another showrunner.

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, I share your disappointment. But I will most likely keep watching. After all, "Vincent and the Doctor" was pretty damned good.

But (obviously) I agree that the Special kind of distilled an "inhumanity" in Moffat's Doctor that is morally problematic at best.

As an aside, I linked to my essay in a few places and someone who read this post via my Dreamwidth account in the doctorwho community there, asked whether the Doctor actually managed to help anyone at all this season. "It's a genuine question," they added, and a member called Gehayi did the necessary work to provide the answer, which boils down to, not bloody much. It's a rather sobering run-down on the series which you might find interesting.

One tiny little thing...

"In "A Christmas Carol", it isn't the Doctor's companions who are abandoned, but rather a planetful of people suffering under a monstrous dictatorship, and an individual woman the Doctor blithely uses for his own ends."

First of all, who's to say that the reformed Sardick won't have a few changes in store for the planet such as, say, dissolving the dictatorship he and his father created and freeing the people in cryo? I know it's not mentioned that he does so, but surely he's enough of a changed man that he could potentially do it.

Second of all, you make it sound like the Doctor deliberately included Abigail in his grand scheme. Not so. It was young Kazran who selected her cryo chamber -- indeed, the Doctor was quite surprised to see her again. It was also young Kazran who effectively forced the Doctor to visit every Christmas Eve, despite the Doctor's protests. (Granted, that still doesn't explain why he didn't let her go free the first time they let her out...)

Re: ... who's to say that the

... who's to say that the reformed Sardick won't have a few changes in store for the planet such as, say, dissolving the dictatorship he and his father created and freeing the people in cryo?

As I've replied to one or two others suggesting more or less the same thing here, I find that idea both morally and dramatically unsatisfying. Morally, because even a benevolent dictatorship is still a dictatorship and dramatically, because the Doctor has a very long history of objecting to dictatorships.

It was also young Kazran who effectively forced the Doctor to visit every Christmas Eve, despite the Doctor's protests.

Sorry, but that doesn't wash. If two million cybermen, or a skyful of Dalek saucers, if dinosaurs or the full weight of the Time Lord High Council can't "force" the Doctor to do anything, I'm not buying that Kazran is suddenly the one guy who's got the Doctor under his thumb.

Hm, I try very much not to

Hm, I try very much not to hate the new Doctor Who era, since I do not have any choice but to stick to it. However, there is something you point out that I can't ignore, this being of course the way the Doctor ignored people being frozen in the protagonists basement. It does seem very strange that the Doctor shows no strong reaction and seemly shrugs it off. Alarming, even.
I think Moffat might be trying to sell this off under the cover of Eleven's distractedness. He didn't notice the numbers changing on Abigail's cryogenic tank, either, nor did he follow the "why would you need doctors for?" trail. A character trait I am frankly not very fond of, but which admittedly fits the whole character well.

I was least fond of the beginning, though- the first scenes including Amy and Rory made me think this would be a silly, hollow episode. Thankfully, the next scenes involving the Doctor and fish swimming in fog proved me wrong.

Distracted is one thing, oblivious another

I think Moffat might be trying to sell this off under the cover of Eleven's distractedness. He didn't notice the numbers changing on Abigail's cryogenic tank, either, nor did he follow the "why would you need doctors for?" trail. A character trait I am frankly not very fond of, but which admittedly fits the whole character well.

I don't much like the character trait, either, but absent-minded sure has a long pedigree on Doctor Who (the First and Fourth, in different ways, spring immediately to mind). But I think you're being generous to Moffat. There is an inconsistency to Eleven's distractedness that strikes me more as sloppy on the writer's part than on the character's.

Still, I live in hope for change next season &dmash; and in the knowledge that this past season of The Sarah Jane Adventures was mostly very good, so I have good reason to hope for some more quality from that corner if not from the main event.

P.S. I'm pleased to see you pop over from LJ. I think you're only the 2nd person from there to comment here.

The Bigger Picture?

"Abusing his characters, Moffat thus abuses his audience, breaking faith with us and our willingness to invest ourselves in a 50 year collaborative project called Doctor Who."

Wow, after reading your critique, I think you are being way too harsh on Moffat.

Have you thought about the possibility that by getting Sardick "out of the darkness" that Sardick would be moved to make his planet a better place? Sure The Doctor could have worked to get those that were frozen free, but wouldn't it be better to break the system so that these things don't happen again when The Doctor leaves?

I can understand why you may not like Moffat's style, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that he's abusive to his characters or audience. George Lucas perhaps... :P

Re: The Bigger Picture?

Have you thought about the possibility that by getting Sardick "out of the darkness" that Sardick would be moved to make his planet a better place?

I've thought about it, yes. I object to it on two grounds. First, that once involved in a situation, it would be very uncharacteristic for the Doctor to just leave thousands (millions?) of people in the hands of one (possibly reformed) money-lender. The Doctor has never been fond of dictators, whether political or economic.

Second, if that was Moffat's intent, it's not just out of character, but morally-repugnant.

But mainly, not in the Christmas Special, nor often during his initial series have I been convinced enough by his characters to give much of a damn about them.

I Disagree

I grew up watching this show on early-morning reruns and video tapes, hearing stories about Daleks and Cybermen from a young age from my mother who had watched the show as a girl in London.

I vastly prefer this season to the last few. I have never understood the complaints of sexism, racism ect. This season to me feels like pre-break Doctor Who more so than any of the seasons under Davies. I loved Davies, but I prefer the fairy-tale approach of Moffatt. The stories are dark, and there isn't solutions or explanations to bad things. That's life. Thousands of people put on ice to be collateral for their family. Simply a setting for a story. Plus, no one has mentioned that every single one of them agreed to be in that position. They weren't forced into machines and deprived of their freedom. They choose it because it would help their families. Abigail never once said that she regretted her choice. She made it, and never once complained. She lived the life she had been given. Was it unfair? Yes. But that doesn't make Moffatt sexist or a bad writer, it makes it truthful.

That is something I have found this season, the stories are more truthful. People act out of character, they make bad choices, they are shallow, self-centered and can't see past their own problems. If anything Moffatt is writing more complete people. People live and they die. That is the only thing that is consistent with everyone, everything else are independent choices. Some people are never aware of the world around them, some are selfish and some give everything they have. By making the characters of Amy (and Rory) people who are lacking major personality traits if anything makes them more real.

I love reading people's opinions, even if they differ from mine, because one thing about this community I love is that we can talk about Doctor Who in a mature way. I look forward to the next season, and hope that Moffatt and Smith continue to work together on this show for years to come.

While reading your comment, I

While reading your comment, I came to think that you're right when saying that Moffat's stories are more life-like than RTD's were. I think RTD would have tried to fix the Abigail-must-die problem. I half expected the Doctor to try, and I think that RTD would have let him. But you're right. People live and they die. But that doesn't mean their life empty. This message may be more precious than the one that RTD might have delivered with his happy "Everybody lives!"-type of ending.

Re: Nick

Ultimately despite the sloppiness of Ten's end, I think more of RTD, perhaps because I care more about characters. Though I'd go further and say that Moffat's not a plot writer, because his plots, while occasionally byzantine, frequently make little sense. He's an IDEA writer. He gets a central idea, and then a lot of little bright sparks like flying fish, and moves the plots and characters around them. Which is, I think, part of his disdain for continuity, narrative or character-wise. It is just a hindrance to him, rather than a means of building and expressing himself/making stories work for viewers.

Oh, I’ll continue to watch,

Oh, I’ll continue to watch, grumbling as I do because if Doctor Who is on, I’ll watch. But I have such lowered on it.
Jean McEwen

Re: Oh, I’ll continue to watch,

And I'll continue to post spam comments (so long as they sound at least somewhat on topic), just as I'll delete the links.

Or rather, I won't, but will post yours, because I find it especially appalling, Brett (if that is your name), that you would sign your comment with a dead woman's handle. Piss-poor way to drum up business if you ask me, son.

Inclined to agree, but not to verify

I like your distinction between plot writer vs idea writer and suspect you've hit it in suggesting that Moffat falls into the latter category.

However, I suspect that a fan might hit us both up with a detailed summary showing that every objection we had made some kind of logical, puzzle-sense — which would leave us sputtering that the character were unconvincing, but unable to prove it.

But I still think you're right.

Eeeeenteresting...

I find Moff's writing and characterisation MUCH more palatable than Rusty's; I hated Ten, hated what Rose turned into with Ten after really liking her with Nine, and couldn't even watch the series with Catherine Tate in... And yet I adore Amy and find Rory irritating; there's nobody who has more agency than Amy - how many times has she saved the world now? - and Rory is just wet, which is what Rusty turned Rose into with Ten. She was so ballsy with Nine...

Anyway, it's interesting to see people who have the polar opposite view.

Eleven seems much more Doctorish to me precisely BECAUSE he's less obsessed with humans and humanity; but then I'm a Sixfan, so that's always going to be the case.

But yes, the woman in refridgerator bit is... not nice. There is part of me that's wondering, though... Is Moffat consciously thinking "well, if they're going to accuse me of being sexist...." Because, if I'm honest, that's what I'd do.

I doubt it, but ...

Is Moffat consciously thinking "well, if they're going to accuse me of being sexist...." Because, if I'm honest, that's what I'd do.

I don't buy it, but that's an interesting idea vis-a-vis the woman in the refrigerator trope. I can even imagine doing something similar were I in his boots (though I'm also sure I'd regret it in the morning.)

I agree

I was sharing this post with my boyfriend after reading it, and we both agree. When I first heard the set up for Series 5, we were very unsure of Matt Smith and his ability to play such a beloved character as the Doctor, especially with the departure of David Tennant, who was brilliant.

On the other hand, we had such high hopes for the writing, because Moffat was taking over, and he'd written such amazing episodes as Blink and The Doctor Dances.

It seems to me that Matt Smith actually is doing fairly well, better than I expected, with the Doctor. I like his slightly crazed but also brutally honest Doctor quite a bit.

However, I've been disappointed with the over-arcing season, and I think you've finally pinned it down quite a bit as to why.

I also agree with May. I am not really attached to Amy yet as a companion. Not that I really dislike her, but after having such a complex companion (ginger, too!) in Donna, who really had evident growth throughout our entire time of knowing her, I am disappointed by Amy. Even in episodes like Amy's Choice, she still comes away feeling very one-dimensional and empty. Rory even has more depth than her, and he's honestly a secondary companion.

I really do hope that the depth of the characters improves over S6, as opposed to just "twisty-turny" plotting.

And still more agreement

I think Matt Smith is doing very well, even; he's got charm and some talent.

"Amy's Choice" was another example of an episode that just didn't ring true for me on a psychological level — or so I think. Like most of the series' episodes, it's also fading pretty quick and I have little interest in revisiting it.

Oh yes, so right. I think the

Oh yes, so right. I think the key issue is that Moffat comes up with a plot and then fits the characters in around them, while RTD comes up with characters and then fits the plot around them. But beyond that, there's something rather disturbing about the idea of a woman who has no objection to spending 364 days of the year frozen and only gets brought out when a couple of boys want something to play with at Christmas.

And yes, a Doctor who discovers a whole lot of people frozen as collateral for loans and then doesn't do anything about it is quite disturbing too.

Disturbing yes ...

... but I'd say it's also pretty close to plain unbelievable. Which is something I've been finding with a lot of Moffat's stories: the psychology just doesn't add up.

You're so right! RTD's Ten

You're so right! RTD's Ten would have had one of his weasel-faced rants if he found a basement full of frozen "collateral"! "A Christmas Carol" didn't even feel like an episode to me. It was basically an hour of Matt Smith capering around and pushing the "I'm so eccentric and distracted" envelope to the limit. Everything else was either trivialized or just didn't make any damn sense.

This is a great explanation

This is a great explanation of why i haven't liked the last season. I have absolutely no interest or attachment to Amy at all, and in fact she actually puts me off. I think its because we only see the really annoying parts of her personality, without the softer, more human side. I'm really not that attached to this doctor either.. i just don't feel like i have any reason to be. Nothing against the actors, but i feel like i'd be relieved if they were both switched out (though i think a different writer could save them). Rory and River are the only ones I like. And I hate it because no, joke, Ten haunts my dreams. I miss him like a real person, and I absolutely adore all of his companions. I just feel like there was much more character development there, thus a love developed. They were like real people. Now? No. I agree, they all feel like chess pieces in story lines which aren't really that good. Crack in the universe? Oh, all better, no repercussions on anything what so ever. What? If you're not going to do something properly, just stick to simple, interesting plots. =\

Anyway, yes I agree!

Re: This is a Great Explanation

I think Matt Smith is doing a fine job, but I'm less impressed by Karen Gillan as an actor. For me, it's the scripts that are really lacking, though; Smith in particular I think would be able to deliver very well with the right material.

THIS!!! so much this.

THIS!!! so much this.

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