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Russell T Davies was one of the greatest, most important people in the history of Doctor Who. He brought the show back to life, gave it to an entirely new audience, and pretty much made the show what people love today. It’s undeniable that without him, Doctor Who would never have become what it is now, but, nonetheless, it’s also undeniable that RTD left behind problems that are taking years to fix.

Planets in the sky. You don’t forget that.

The first major problem with RTD’s era is how exposed humanity becomes to alien life. Of course, groups like UNIT and Torchwood have to know about aliens, and humans having some ideas about aliens is no problem, but when everybody on the planet completely and without question knows that aliens exist, then something is lost. The show has to connect to modern times, but, with the knowledge of aliens, the world has to be different. From that point, our world is no longer connected in any way to the world of the Whoniverse. We can’t pretend that it could all be real, which is one of the most fun parts of the whole show.

RTD has quite a big history of introducing aliens to humanity. First up, we have “Aliens of London,” which, while I’ve heard a few bad reviews, I personally loved. That wasn’t such a big problem. As we see in the end of the two-parter, humans can always come up with some excuse for this to not be true. Same applies to the “Christmas Invasion” and “Smith and Jones,” although to a slightly lesser extent. But “Doomsday”? Cybermen in every home? Daleks flying the skies? It’s undeniable now, isn’t it? Just in case there were any questions left, RTD then moves the entire planet to a completely different part of time and space, sticks a bunch of planets in the sky, and has the Daleks invade again. Of course, there are more examples, but just these few can show that there was definitely a good reason for sticking all of these events into the cracks. The world had changed too much from reality by this point, and that was unacceptable.

They always survive, while I lose everything.

Daleks. And Daleks. And more Daleks. The Time War killed all of the Daleks, supposedly, which is what made their first return so exciting. They were supposed to be dead, but they survived, and the Doctor’s reaction to this discovery was fantastic. But then Rose came along, and killed every Dalek in existence. They were gone, definitely gone. This worked pretty well, because I have to say the entrance of the Cult of Skaro in “Army of Ghosts” made for one of the best episode enders ever. Seriously, I could watch that scene over and over and never get tired.

But then those Daleks were defeated, too, thrown into the void. And then they came back. And then they were defeated. And then they came back. And it just started to feel like old news. The return of the Daleks got boring by “Daleks in Manhattan,” and when “The Stolen Earth” came around my thoughts were just “again?”

The Last of the Time Lords

This is probably, in my opinion at least, the biggest problem. The Time Lords are now all dead. The Doctor is the last. We know this without a doubt; even when the Master returns we know that the Doctor was only tricked because the Master was under the disguise of a human. We’ve had a lot of half-Time Lords, and not-quite-Time Lords, and, in the “End of Time,” we’ve even had the real Time Lords, but not for long, and with them we find that we can never bring the Time Lords back.

The problem that I’ve noticed more after listening to the Eighth Doctor Audio Plays is that the Time Lords are necessary to keep the Doctor under control. They may not be the nicest people in the universe, but they’re bigger than him, and he needs that. We’ve seen “The Parting of the Ways,” where the Doctor takes huge decisions of life and death upon himself. We’ve seen “Family of Blood,” and the “Last of the Time Lords,” and “Voyage of the Damned,” where the Doctor is insufferably full of himself, casually making incredibly weighty decisions. We’ve seen the Doctor make speeches to scare enemies away, in “Silence in the Library,” “The Eleventh Hour,” and the “Pandorica Opens.” Sure, not all of these episodes are written by RTD, but the problem comes because, after Gallifrey is lost, there’s nobody left to keep him under control.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you love what RTD did to the series, or do you loathe it?

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  • http://twitter.com/bsbrock Janeth Gutierrez

    Personally, I love RTD’s era of Doctor Who way more than Moffat’s.

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

       For me, as much as I loved RTD, I’d have to say Moffat (I’m biased, okay? I came in at Eleven). Thing is, although RTD wrote some really good stuff, he wrote like this was the last era of Doctor Who that was showing, so his episodes were good, but he left too many issues in his wake.

  • karaaislinn

    Totally agree with everything here, although I think Moffat did a pretty good job of explaining away the problem of humans knowing about aliens with the whole “crack in space and time” thing in series 5. The show works so much better when we can believe that it could be real, as you said. 
    Another great point about the Daleks – the episode Gatiss wrote for series 5, “Victory of the Daleks,” was good, but again it fell kind of flat compared to the earlier Dalek episodes. There’s only so many times we can watch the reveal and be shocked by it! After awhile it gets to be like, okay, Daleks again, whatever.
    Nice article! :)

  • namesaretoomainstream

    at least he kept the show constant. Moffat went almost out of his way to ignore RTD’s episodes, from completely contradicting season 1 in the wedding of river song to making amy not remember any alien attacks.

    • Doctor

      contradicting season 1?

      • namesaretoomainstream

         the way they treated the thing with fixed points in time in the wedding of river song was really stupid, and things like that are why RTD was still better as showrunner (moffat still wrote the best episodes)

    • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

       How did he contradict season 1 in The Wedding of River Song?

    • Phantomfluteplayer

      Are you referring to altering a fixed point and causing a paradox and how it was portrayed in  ”Father’s Day” with The Reapers verses all reality collapsing in “The Wedding of River Song?” That is the only way I could see Moffat ignoring season 1. 

      • namesaretoomainstream

         yeah, and they should have used the reapers again, or not used the ‘fixed point in time’ plot thing in the first place. It was a really bad episode.

        • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

           While I think it’s a bit stupid to ignore clear continuity like that in terms of how Moffat dealt with changing a fixed point in time, i have to say… it was worth it just for the ‘Pterodactyls are Vermin’ scene.

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

       I’m not sure where contradicting series 1 comes in (paradox problems, I’m guessing), but the reason Amy didn’t remember any alien attacks was because they no longer happened. That was an attempt to solve the problem of the world knowing about the aliens, and quite a good one in my opinion. Of course, Moffat’s show doesn’t fit with RTD’s as well as I’d like, but at least it doesn’t have episodes literally made of cheese (Voyage of the Damned – cheesiest episode EVER).

  • http://twitter.com/ivangatewood Ivan Gatewood

    As much as I loved RTD’s era (Rose was amazing) I have to agree! Moffat’s writing is much more effective! 

  • Matthewhpg

    I think, if Moffat wanted to, he could easily solve some of these problems. For example, he could always say that the incidents in which humanity makes contact with humanity were erased by the cracks from series five (which he did, by the way, in regard to the events of “The Next Doctor”). Regarding the Daleks, I think that the way we see the Daleks end in “Victory of the Daleks” is better then Davies’ endings in that we know they are coming back. They weren’t defeated so much as they just retreated to fight another day.

    • http://frankifoni.tumblr.com/ Franki94

      I think there was a reference to the Daleks being on earth in Victory of the Daleks. The Doctor asks Amy to verify to Churchill that they are bad, because she’s seen them before, but she doesn’t remember. This is a clue for the Doctor that something is wrong, because there are also no records in history of giant Cybermen in London. And its all because of the crack on Amy Pond’s wall. That crack made lots of things happen, didn’t it? Handy dandy crack on the wall…

      • Guest

         *cough* deus ex machina *cough*

        • http://frankifoni.tumblr.com/ Franki94

          My point exactly. :P I love it how RTD isn’t the only one who has his little quick fix plot enders. XD

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

       Yep! That’s one thing I love about Moffat. He’s fixing all those problems. I actually had a whole paragraph about that, but there’s an 800 word limit, so that had to go. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be anywhere close to fixing is the return of the Time Lords – Moff says he doesn’t really care for them, so that’s about it. Still, here’s to hoping the new companion is Susan.

  • Roxmachine

    I miss RTD with all my heart. I was completely hooked on the new series, starting with Eccleston and through all of Tennant’s Doctor. But I just can’t stir up the same level of obsession with the efforts of Smith and Moffat. The writing is just not there.

  • Delena

    I agree with everything that you’ve said here. But I’d like to point something out in some of the Moffat era episodes; things are getting fixed with emotion/memory too often. It’s like, “Just think of this person and how much you love them and the scary things will go away!” I like it in some episodes, but there seem to be more and more all the time. I miss the Doctor’s long string of crazy scientific sentences that solved problems in these cool ways. It may not have always made complete sense to us, but boy is it awesome every time he does that. By the time we got to the The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe and it was ‘a mother’s love’ that saved them I was thinking ‘Seriously? Again?’ I’m all for it in a few episodes, but yeah, I’m just getting a bit tired of that. Also, I hope they do some more time-traveling again. I know they’ve done a few with Matt Smith, but I feel like they’re doing less of those than they used to. Maybe it’s just me. I want them to meet more people like Shakespeare and Dickens and such. It worked SO well when the met Van Gogh. Oh, my goodness that episode was fantastic. Sorry, got kind of off track and didn’t really talk about RTD, but both eras have their flaws. Regardless, they’re both fantastic.
    PS- I was getting kind of sick of the Daleks too. It’s refreshing that we haven’t seen them in a while.

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

       Yep. Moffat loves his timey-wimey nonsense, which is nice, to a point. And that point is somewhere around the middle of series 6. It’s annoying that when a writer finds something that works, they stick with it.

      I’d love to see more famous dead people, Vincent and the Doctor was probably one of my favourite in series 5. I’m thinking H.G. Wells. You know, the Time Traveller and all of that…

      And the daleks… Journey’s End was when I realized RTD had to go. I mean, REALLY? More daleks? Trapping Rose on a parallel world with creepy not-quite-doctor? I’m not even a Rose fan and I felt sorry for her.

      • Matthewhpg

        He’s already met H. G. Wells, though…

        • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

          Ooh, yeah, I just looked it up. My bad.

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    I personally prefer Moffat over Davies. That being said, I certainly don’t loathe the RTD era, but also agree with most of your points. The Daleks, though, are too iconic and integral to Doctor Who to eliminate all together. I do think a larger gap where they don’t make an appearance would be beneficial.

    Would you recommend the Eighth Doctor audio stories? (I’ve watched 9, 10, 11, 8, 1, 2, and am currently working on 3. Should I finish Classic Who before delving into them?)

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

       I loved RTD too, but I think the disappearance and return of the Daleks was frustrating. He should have picked either one or the other: They all die, or they’re back to stay. Not both.

      Eight’s stuff feels a lot more like Nine, Ten or Eleven than Classic Who. Especially the series played on BBC radio (can’t remember the number), which is in 45-50 minute episodes just like the new series. Companion in that series is Lucie Miller, and possibly my favourite companion after Rory and Donna, and I’d DEFINITELY recommend checking it out. It makes you wish Paul McGann got his own series…

  • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

    I agree with 1 and 2, but the Time Lords aren’t necessary to keep the Doctor under control.  In Season 6, the Doctor realizes that he’s gotten too big and full of himself, and there isn’t even one other Time Lord present.

    By putting the Time Lords in a time lock, their appearances are now more special.

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

       Well… yes, and no. Series 6 did a really good job of keeping the Doctor under control, which was great (technically I’d say that another part Time Lord – namely River – was the one who kept him under control, but I see your point).

      Problem is, the appearances of the Time Lords is now more special, but how long will it be until the many returns of the Time Lords becomes just as bad as the Daleks? Of course, what with the Eye of Harmony, Moffat’s timey-wimey solutions will have to change, but I still think a permanent return of the Time Lords is needed.

      Doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon, though.

  • Lorena

    I agree with the whole Last Time Lord thing. That’s always annoyed me. Yes, it makes for an interesting story, but I would really love it if they found SOME way of bringing them back. Perhaps I am in the minority, but RTD way of dealing with Time Lords annoyed me exceedingly. 

  • Alexis J.

    I came to doctor who during season five then went back to watch from series one and i’ve enjoyed both Moffats and RTD’s writing. I wish they could both be head writers together haha because they each have their own extremes (RTD loves Daleks, exposing aliens to earth and well just being plain ridiculous, ina good way of course while Moffat loves messing with timeand digging to deeper issues). I do think Moffats writing is stronger since its season five that hooked me in the first place, but i think we can all agree he went a bit too extreme during season 6. RTD’s writing didnt hook me as well, but that saying it still kept me interested and made me miss some things about it that didnt follow throught o Moffat.  I still think their both brilliant and have kept Doctor Who in good bearings.  Every episode will still be amazing to me :)

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

      Although this article doesn’t sound like I did, I completely agree with you. The individual episodes of RTD were brilliant, same with Moff, but what frustrated me was the way that he constantly casually changed everything about the show. Still, the show exists to entertain, and I can’t possibly say that he didn’t entertain me (except Voyage of the Damned, death to Voyage of the Damned), so RTD did his job, and he did it well.

      • Alexis J.

        I agree with you there. He did change alot of things and acted like it wasnt much of a big deal and left alot of stuff to be cleaned up.  Alot of the public aliens on earth stuff bothered me since i feel, like you sid, the world would be a changed place.  HAHA your distaste for Voyage of the Damned makes me laugh. Can i ask what you disliked about it? just curious lol

        Doctor who remains amazing with every episode ;) 

        • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

          Voyage was pretty good and nice at the beginning, I’ll give it that, but then it just went so far downhill that it could never be raised again. It was like a Disney movie in which lots of people die. The first thing that got me was Ten doing his epic pointless speech talking about how great he is, and I was just like “why don’t you DO something, then?” Plus, it felt incredibly hollow after all those people died. And then Astrid sacrificing herself to save the Doctor was so predictable and cheesy, the angels carrying the Doctor was just too much after ‘sparkly Jesus Doctor’ in the Last of the Time Lords. To make matters worse, Astrid effectively turning into Tinkerbell so she could fly the universe forever was just… no. You’d almost expect ‘when you wish upon a star’ to start playing as Astrid-sparks fly over the Disney castle.

          The only forgivable thing about Voyage was Murray Gold’s score.

  • guest

    If you pay attention to the episodes with the Daleks, (with the exception of Parting of the Ways) you’d notice that they do show that not all the daleks are killed. In Doomsday, the Cult of Skaro disappear which sets them up for the Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution in the Daleks, where Dalek Caan eventually disappears which then sets up for the Stolen Earth/Journey’s End. In my opinion, Moffat’s Victory of the Daleks makes the least sense in the Daleks’ return……..

    • guest

       but I will say that I am sick of the Daleks and they honestly no longer frighten me due to overexposure. I wish they weren’t reappearing in this upcoming season. I am excited though about the weeping angels reappearing, but I am hoping they don’t suffer the same overexposure as the daleks.

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

      I did notice that, but it doesn’t make the whole Dalek returning thing any less ridiculous. Every time they returned they had a pretty good explanation, but I don’t get how we were supposed to be shocked every time the Daleks returned (exception being Army of Ghosts).

      That said, I think Victory worked by having the Daleks return in the same way as the Cybermen in the Next Doctor – the destruction of the void allowed the Daleks to escape and fall through time, just like the Cybermen. Not sure, but I’m pretty sure that’s what went on there.

      • guest

         The way you phrased it made it seem like you were questioning how they were able to return. I think as you commented on an earlier post that you’re biased and therefore are looking at one writer more critically than another…. I came in with RTD, so I tend to be more critical of Moffat, but I still enjoy what he’s done with the show and I try not to be so critical and negative.

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    Personally, I still prefer RTD as a showrunner, but Moffat for individual episodes. I enjoyed the RTD story arcs more, but some of his villains were…cheesy/ridiculous to say the least. When you compare the brilliance of Moffat’s Weeping Angels to say, Aliens who wear human skin and have gas problems, there really is no contest. I think good writing makes the viewer question their own reality, hence the creepiness of the angels. When I see one, there is now the split second I question whether I might actually die/get sent back in time. 
    I think my main problem with Moffat’s style as showrunner is the fact that the them of the season gets shoved down your throat so many times. Every episode you are reminded about where the finale will undoubtedly lead. I liked how RTD was more subtle. When you rewatch the episodes, you see every clue leading to the finale, but it took some observation and cleverness to see it as it was going on (ie: Bad Wolf). Also, like another commenter mentioned, Moffat uses emotion/love quite a bit. While it is sweet for awhile, it starts feeling like a cop out for me when it is heavily used for over two seasons (Doctor doesn’t exist: Amy remembers: Poof! he’s back!) I feel like there are some things that love and emotion can’t completely fix. That’s a part of life. 

    Anyway, I really am not sure how strong of an argument for my position that is. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some holes in it, but I wrote this feeling pretty sleepy. I will see whether it still makes sense in the morning. I just wanted to add my two cents.  

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

       Actually, while I’d agree Moffat has his problems, I wouldn’t say the Story Arc thing is one of them. Yes, he stuffs it down your throat, and with Series 6 he just went too far, but at the same time ‘Bad Wolf’ just never made any sense. I love all the little hints of it, but it has to actually feel like it relates to the story – like Rose, the Medusa Cascade and the Bees Disappearing, I suppose. The Cracks were a bit forceful, but at the same time I think they worked out better than most of RTD’s stuff.

      • Guest

         Bad Wolf does make sense. It was a distinct thing that happened in each episode. Rose used Bad Wolf when she absorbed the time vortex because that was what she kept seeing. It’s like a circle. Same thing as that mini episode where Tennant’s Doctor met up with Davison’s Doctor. Ten knew he’d be able to fix the problem because when he was Five he watched him fix the issue. Bad Wolf was something that was distinct and kept coming up, so Rose was able to connect the dots and realize she left hints across time and space in order to get her back to the Doctor and therefore when she absorbed the time vortex those were the hints she left. Bad Wolf did involve little hints. I don’t understand how you think it’s different from the bees disappearing and whatnot.

        • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

          Well, I suppose it exists because it exists (very Moffat there)… but still, it didn’t feel like a very good answer. It didn’t feel like it was worth the hype that I got when I started noticing Bad Wolf all over the place. The answer was basically just ‘Bad Wolf is all over the place because Bad Wolf is all over the place’. Sure, it led Rose back to the Doctor (not quite sure HOW), but the payoff wasn’t very good. It was used better in Turn Left, really. The Cracks, on the other hand, were important from the very beginning, and they led their way directly to the massive events of the finale.

          • Guest

             Seriously? What was it supposed to say, “ROSE, YOU’LL MAKE IT BACK, JUST ABSORB THE TIME VORTEX” No.
            Bad Wolf was all over the place BECAUSE Rose put it all over the places she’d been with the Doctor and the Doctor’s future travels. It was featured in almost every episode of the first season, reappeared in future seasons (more than Turn Left) and made an appearance even in Torchwood. I think you underestimate the complexity of “Bad Wolf.” Bad Wolf symbolized something important but we didn’t know until the last episode what that was. The answer of why Bad Wolf is all over the place is because Rose wanted to lead herself back to Satellite Five to save the Doctor by using the TARDIS. If Bad Wolf was spread through time and space, it makes sense for her to think that she could use the TARDIS to bring her back.

  • grapes9h5

    Agree with points 1 and 2 but I couldnt disagree more with 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    good points with 1 and 2.  3 is not as strong. Having never watched the classic Doctor Who series, I know and care very little about the Time Lords.  I just love my Doctor

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

      I thought the same as you until I saw some Classic episodes and heard Eight’s first Audio series. The Time Lords are too important, they add a very different dimension to the whole story. They’re not bad, but they’re not good (remember, they don’t interfere, including to help people), so there’s this sort of ‘not-quite-villain’ thing about them that’s perfect. Look at the Doctor now, either something’s evil, or it’s human (mass genocide to the Silence? REALLY?). The Time Lords added this thing where, yes, people might do bad things, or nothing at all, but that doesn’t automatically mean that they’re evil. And that flowed off onto the other villains of the series (Brave New Town was practically packed with villains, but not really), which made things better. It wasn’t black and white.

  • Cdaniel1993

    i agree with every single point, RTD was great dont get me wrong but the daleks became less scary an more common, and an essential part of Doctor who which is the entire timelord race, was completly destroyed. And that chance that RTD had to bring timelords back he ruined, he made them actually evil

  • http://profiles.google.com/gfludal gfludal

    Yes, I’ve been annoyed by the constant return of the daleks from their 3rd appearance.

  • http://twitter.com/walshcaitlin Caitlin Walsh

    Great article, but I’d like to point out you missed “The Waters of Mars” as perhaps the biggest example of what the Doctor can do if no one stops him. The Time Lord Victorious is scary as hell and the reason why the Doctor can’t travel alone.

    Except for the over-reliance of the Daleks (thank god they were benched for season 6!) I wouldn’t say these are necessarily problems, but more Davies style. I don’t think the switch from RTD to Moffat was that clean and perhaps that was intentional since the Moffat Who-office rebooted the production codes instead of using 5.1.

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

      *looks around guiltily* to tell you the truth, I left out the Waters of Mars because… well, I haven’t seen it yet. I started with Eleven, and then went back to Nine and then Ten, and I’d reached Journey;s End when I couldn’t take it any more. Just saw the Next Doctor before I wrote this, and so Waters of Mars is coming up soon (after Planet, of course). I’ve heard bad things about him in that one, though, so I think I know what you mean.

      • http://twitter.com/walshcaitlin Caitlin Walsh

        Well of all the specials, Waters of Mars is my favorite. But I love dark!Doctor.

        I know of a lot of fans who started with Nine and see as many flaws with Moffat as you do with RTD.  Perspecitve matters with Doctor Who. For myself, I’m just sitting back and enjoying the ride because compared to Star Trek, Doctor Who is handled brilliantly. 

        • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

          Don’t get me wrong, I love RTD as well – and I’m getting as critical of Moff as I am of RTD – but those three problems are the ones that always frustrate me.

  • Vrose93

    I think the first point was interesting, given that it seems like humanity should know about aliens by now, but despite whatever RTD set up, I think Moffat has done well in covering those things up, with the cracks in the universe and everyone forgetting.  That’s just a major part of Doctor Who, aliens have to keep attacking Earth and Earth has to keep forgetting, it’s inevitable.

  • Victoria

    I feel like I might be the only person who thinks this, but…
    I love the Daleks :).  They are my favorite villains.  Everyone else is right that they aren’t really creepy anymore, though.  I liked the very first Dalek episode in Season 1 (where Rose reactivated the last Dalek) because it was a scary and manipulative creature, and it was also complex (since the Doctor and Rose convinced it to stop exterminating and whatnot).  I also liked the episode (I forget the name or season…I believed it was Season 4, though, since I think Martha was there) where the Daleks made a Dalek-human mutant that was actually a good guy.  I think that they can be used correctly to be the biggest, baddest, complicated villains in Doctor Who.  I know they are supposed to be emotionless, exterminating, race-purifying evil things, but the episodes where it is hinted that they could be more than that are the best ones, in my opinion.  Honestly, the idea of a good Dalek (that doesn’t turn out bad in the end) helping the Doctor is something I would LOVE!!!

    • Oscar

       I love the Daleks too – especially in the two stories you mentioned (‘Dalek’ and ‘Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks’) I don’t mind the return of the Daleks, my problem with RTDs stuff is the fact that they keep ‘all’ dying, and then coming back. Either they’re dead, or they’re alive. You can’t have both.

      That said – YES! A good Dalek would be, like, the BEST THING EVAHHH!

      • http://erictheperson.tumblr.com Eric Coppes

        I don’t have much against the Daleks, but I personally hated the Daleks in Manhattan two-parter. I found the characters annoying and the whole thing just felt so old and recycled. I actually had trouble paying attention for a lot of it because I just couldn’t bring myself to care what was happening. For a lot of reasons, it basically felt like all the problems and redundant aspects of Davies-era Doctor Who wrapped up into one episode.

        Although I definitely enjoyed seeing Andrew Garfield with his southern American accent that just ended up sounding Irish.

  • authorman94

    I really don’t get why people love RTD so much, because he’s just not a great writer. Like at all. Moffat is overrated, I’ve always said that, but at least he’s slightly better than RTD. There are so many problems with his run, and so many that bug me:
    - The “comedy” moments (the Human/Cat Lady children in “Gridlock”, the Master dancing in “The Last of the Time Lords”, the farting Slitheen in “Aliens of London”/”World War Three”, everything in “Voyage of the Damned”)
    - The botched writing of the Tenth Doctor in “The End of Time” (The “It’s not fair!!!” rant and the “I don’t want to go” being the most notable to me)
    - That plots flew out the window from Series 3 onwards
    - Rose being written as a horrible person (although she’s still better than Amy Pond) who emotionally cheats on her loving boyfriend with a man she’s only just met, and only falls in love with him when he regenerates into David Tennant
    - Every Dalek army we kept seeing during RTD’s tenure had somehow survived the Time War
    - That Martha left right when she became an interesting and awesome companion
    - And the fact he wrote “Love & Monsters”, the 2nd worst episode of the New Series (the first being the outright offensive and emotionally manipulative “Fear Her”)
    I just don’t understand why people praise his run so much when I just find to be filled with so many problems.

  • Joe

    I hate Davis, He is a quack and a freek who all but destroyed Dr. Who with his weak and inconsistent plots. Torch Wood was so full of plotholes as to be unsalavageable. Even now in 2013, Davis’s puke writing has still left a legacy of damage to Dr. Who which the show still has not recovered from. Only series 7 and Day of the Doctor echoed the greatness of classic Dr. Who shows from the 60;s/

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