I’m so bummed right now. I haven’t watched Doctor Who this week yet. Frankly, I don’t feel like it. I feel so let down by the last several episodes.
It isn’t that I don’t like Peter Capaldi. I do, I really do. I think his acting is superb. I think deep down, he makes a wonderful Doctor. It isn’t that I don’t like Clara. I’ve liked her from the beginning. And Danny? I’m really interested in his character. He’s very down to earth and real… something the show needs at times. But the new story line? Yeah, I can’t get into it.
Okay, so they are shooting for a “darker” and less “goofy” Doctor Who experience. I get it, and in some way I think I also welcome it. But the last several episodes have been filled with nothing more than fluff to push the real, deep plot of it all into focus. I’m not a professional writer (I just pretend to be one here) but I just feel like certainly, there must be a better way to deliver these important, dramatic changes between the characters.
I was so excited for the new season. I embraced it fully – even to the point of making a weekly recap a reoccurring theme here. But you may have noticed that the voice of my writing on this subject has become rather meek as of late. You’re supposed to “write what you love” and well… I’m not loving Doctor Who right now.
So I’m just sort of sad about it. I miss the adventure. I miss feeling like at any moment, a man with a blue box might actually show up and grab me by the hand one day. I long for the days of feeling like The Doctor was real… that somehow he was saving my every day life. All of that has been sucked out of the show and I don’t really know how to cope with that.
Has Doctor Who grown too dark? Do you feel it’s lacking in the wondrous adventure it once gave us?