Consensus is not reality, but it is a reasonable guide to wider concerns. This blogger summarises some of the problems with Moffat era Who. Prime Ministers fall for less… 🙂
Do you remember the Matt Smith episode Rings of Akhaten from season seven (shout out to my fellow shameless Whovian nerds)? It’s a pretty average episode, but it features what is arguably Matt Smith’s finest moment out of his entire run on Doctor Who- a big speech, plopped right in the middle of the third act, where he spoke of everything he had seen, everything he had lost, everything he had to carry with him. Sure, the writing was a little cheesy, but Smith was so thoroughly ingrained in the character by that point that no-one noticed. It’s a bloody excellent scene, a reminder that past the quirky, fun sci-fi adventures, the Doctor has suffered like the rest of the universe, particularly surrounding the destruction of his home planet, Gallifrey. The acting was great, the writing was intuitive, and it felt like everyone involved with that moment understood it’s significance.
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