Sunday, September 30, 2012
New Who Blues
I've referred to Steven Moffat as the Julius Schwartz (Or Mort Weisinger) of Doctor Who before, and this season bears the theory out even more. You remember those old DC Comics covers which were drawn first and then a story written to fit them, no matter how little sense that story made? Jimmy Olsen marries a Gorilla. Superman becomes a scarecrow. The Flash turns into a puppet. The Statue of Liberty is a Weeping Angel. (Did we know the angels could possess statues that weren't angels?) Rory is dead. Again. The new companion is a Dalek,
As a whole I've found the first season a bit meh, more style than substance. There have been moments when Matt Smith has pulled things out just by his performance, but often even he seems to be just going through the motions. I'm starting to think its time for Moffat to turn things over to someone else. He just seems to be recycling earlier successes and thus tarnishing them. But DW takes in so much cash for the BBC that I don't see them getting rid of Moffat as long as the Whovians settle for dumbed down Who.