I applaud RTD for the many great decisions he made when reinventing Doctor Who for the 21st Century. I love that he made the Doctor the last of his kind, I love that he made him destroy the other Time Lords, I love that his loneliness played an integral part in his friendship with Rose. I love that he allowed the Doctor to love. (And here’s where fandom explodes at me with HE LOVED ALL HIS COMPANIONS! ROSE IS NOT SPESHUL! Except in the way it was presented on the show, she actually does stand out since she was written not only as the POV character of Series 1 but also as the romantic interest. It is RTD’s mistake for not following up on that and writing him a new romantic interest, something that Moffat seems to be doing now with River Song.) He wrote the Doctor as a romantic hero, not just because of the romance with Rose but because he suffered from the same kinds of classic romantic problems. He had mangst, he had emo, all the girls and some of the boys wanted to jump him. Once he lost Rose I love that RTD played out the tragedy and heart break in a very believable way. Yes, this includes showing the Doctor with Martha Jones (beautiful, amazing Martha Jones) who unfortunately drew the short straw and was essentially the rebound companion. But there’s a very believable tragedy about that that I adore, and I think we needed the unrequited love story. I love how intense the show could get. Series 3 remains my favorite because it dealt with such personal matters to the Doctor and all the emotions that came out, good and bad, were so deliciously complicated that you could forget you’re watching a kids show. And that’s how I love my Who. It’s worth mentioning that in his book, RTD said that he believes children want to see stories featuring older people, not other children. And since this is something I definitely identify with (like when I was wee I always looked for books that had teenage heroes because they seemed larger than life to small me and I would idealize them the most [because when you’re little all you wanna do is sit at the grown ups table]) I loved that mentality the most. But if you notice, as soon as Moffat took over, suddenly every episode of DW has a kid in it. :/
So that’s a pretty long list of things I love. Here’s an even longer list of things I have major issues with. RTD is probably the most bi-polar writer ever. He should not write for children because it holds him back and makes him PREACH. And the sound of RTD preaching is like the most annoying sound in the world. The worst I think is the anti-gun agenda as it was repeated over and over and over again and it’s like WE GET IT, DOCTOR. YOU DON’T LIKE GUNS. Please stop trying to teach the children a lesson that guns are the worst ever, RTD, we can see through all the speechifying! Meanwhile on Torchwood guns are blazing like a Texan picnic on the Fourth of July! Then there was the agenda to marry off all the companions because that is the only thing that fulfills ladies if they’re not traveling with the Doctor. *lizlemoneyeroll.gif* Of course there was the gay agenda, but that’s not necessarily bad, I’m just pointing it out because it was there.
I honestly believe that writing for children holds him back because he’s constantly thinking about the lessons he has to teach instead of telling the most dramatic story he can tell. Otherwise how can he write something as amazing as “Children of Earth” then turn around and shit out “End of Time”?! WORST EVER! So he is extremely inconsistent as a writer to the point where you can’t trust him. As a showrunner you’re supposed to be the one that pumps out the best episodes. When you see ‘written by Joss Whedon’ you know you’re getting the best episode. When you see ‘written by Russell T. Davies’ you’re like UH-OH! Because it’s so hit or miss. That’s why I always say, RTD, “sometimes I think you need someone to stop you.” I mean, how was he allowed to go through with so much terrible terribleness?! Tinkerbell Jesus?! Handy?! “END OF TIME”???!!! I mean how was it OK to make such a big deal out of Donna’s lost memory only to say that if she actually was triggered and remembered SHE’D JUST PASS OUT AND THAT’S IT?! NEVER MIND ALL THE DRAMA, SHE’S FINE! He always played the safety card. No real consequences ever happened, and that’s an elementary writing mistake! That is not how you tell a story. I also think he stayed on the show until he had some sort of total breakdown because those specials at the end there? NOOOOO. (All together now…”END. OF. TIME.”) Both he and David Tennant should have left at the end of Series 4 and it would have been way more of an organic transition than literally burning up in your own pile of steaming poop crap! (Besides the writing I also disagreed with some of the directing choices. There was a lot of static camera, stupid looking stunts, S1 looking epically shitty [but that’s due to the fact that the Beeb wasn’t pumping money into it yet]. Little things like that.)
At the end of the RTD era I was desperate for Moffat to take over. You could just tell the poor guy was completely burned out and needed someone fresh to step in. And everything started brilliantly! But now it’s clear to me that Moffat’s interests are opposite to my own. And without getting into a whole thing about Moffat ima just say that in my opinion the best DW to ever be written would be if RTD and Moffat had a meta-crisis and we’d have a showrunner with the strengths of both and none of the weaknesses. One hella perfect show!
Well this got TL;DR! 0_o
(Gif, btdubs, shows a completely ridiculous decision both in terms of story and execution. AWKWARD STUNT!)
Man, I’m so sorry I went on a tags rant, I just saw those gifs (that promo that I love so very much and used to watch daily!) and it just triggered me. I realize that it’s a sore subject with this fandom so I mainly just don’t say anything but argh, sometimes I just explode in a ball of RAEG and it just comes out.
Series 6 started with being the greatest series of DW ever and ended up breaking my heart so much it still hasn’t mended. (I have some serious issues, lol.) I just fell crazy in love with Amy and Eleven, and I fell hard. They signaled the promise of so much greatness and maturity in the show. They were the Brand New Day! And then everything was terrible and it all became the same old thing and where’s the progress and the risk in the zillionty years of this show? It left with RTD who beat it to death with Ten and those ridiculous “specials.” alaksjbflkSDFV;IHV
I JUST WANT THIS FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS! *sniff*
THIS IS ALL THERE IS LEFT. THIS OCEAN AND THIS PLACE HERE. WE ARE STUCK IN A BLOODY SNOWGLOBE. THERE’S NO OUTSIDE WORLD. THERE’S NO ESCAPE.
Desmond & Juliet parallels/theeemes ftw!
Now I must say it took an embarrassingly long time for me to figure out that this graphic had nothing to do with Fringe. But come on. BLUE. RED. SNOWGLOBE?! All together like that???