So this was a post that I meant to have out a lot sooner, but unfortunately, due to work commitments I’ve only just had the time to do this now. Apologies for being “late to the party” as always, but sadly working full time does put a damper on the things you can do!
Anyway, I WAS going to do a completely different Doctor Who related article today, but recent events have forced me to change this blog a little bit. Originally, I was going to have my own say on the argument of “Should the Doctor be a woman?”, considering that’s one of the most heavily debated things in the Sci-Fi community at the moment (probably second only to “Is Jar Jar secretly a Sith Lord?). Now normally, I stay out of arguments like that – but being a Doctor Who fan for many years, I felt like having a little two cents on this.
But that was until ANOTHER story broke recently about Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who as the showrunner. It’s a huge announcement, considering he’s been with the show for so long, having taken over from Russell T Davis back in 2008 (though he was also a writer for Doctor Who before then and actually wrote some of the best episodes back in the day – The Empty Child and Blink being two examples) and although I’ve have mixed feelings about his tenure on Doctor Who as a showrunner, overall I think he has taken Doctor Who in a fresh new direction. If a little convoluted.
Coming back briefly to the first point, now that I’ve brought it up, I should probably say where I stand on that. As a fan of Doctor Who (and this may be somewhat controversial an opinion but please bear in mind this JUST an opinion) I am personally NOT against the idea of the Doctor being a woman. After all, it’s been established that Time Lords CAN change sex – so it’s not as if this would be out of the context of the show. And if I’m being honest, I love Missy – the new Master. Michelle Gomez’s performance isn’t a million miles away from John Simm’s Master, she has both the sarcastic wit and psychopathic murdering streak, so it shows if you get a good actress in then it can work.
I could go into great detail as to why I think the Doctor being a woman – but there are plenty of articles out there arguing for and against the idea – here are just a few examples for you to take as you wish:
My own feelings are this. If the Doctor IS going to be played a woman, then there are two factors to consider. Firstly, it has to be done naturally and not just for the sake of appeasing a certain audience. And secondly, the Doctor MUST have a male companion. Whilst I am in favour of attracting a more female audience to this show (although there is a HUGE female fanbase of Doctor Who as it is), we must also be fair to the male audience as well and have a strong male lead for theme to identify with. And that’s not to say I don’t think it won’t work with a female companion, I just think that we need to be fair to both genders if we are doing this – after all, equality does work both ways!
Oh and one final thing – if the Doctor is going to be a woman, PLEASE cast Hayley Atwell or Daisy Ridley! XD
Anyway, back to Steven Moffat. When I heard the news of him leaving, I was actually kinda shocked. As I mentioned earlier, I thought he has done a great job with Doctor Who, taking it into different directions and adding different layers to his character that we never saw before. With him, we got a further look into the Time War and how it affected his character – something that was really only hinted in the past series. I also liked the fact that Moffat had ongoing storylines that carried across each series, something I enjoyed as it added some great mythos to the Whoniverse. And The Day of the Doctor episode I thought was one of the most amazing and breath-taking episodes ever.
He’s not without his critics though – and personally, I think he didn’t ALWAYS get it right. For example, the whole “River Song killing the Doctor” storyline I thought felt a little convoluted at times – and I had trouble keeping up. Also, I felt he ruined the characters of The Silence as the series went on. They started off scary enough – but when you found out that they were just a religious order that made you forget your confessions, this kinda lessened the fear of them a little. Also, why would want to forget your confessions? And, I have to be honest, I thought the first series with Peter Capaldi was disappointing and a mess – but the last series was brilliant and Capaldi has really settled into the role well. I think the way I would sum up Moffat is “He doesn’t always gets it right, but when he does BOY he gets it right!”
So who will be taking over from Moffat? Well as you probably heard by now, it’s Chris Chibnall – a guy that has also worked on Doctor Who and Torchwood. I have to be honest though, his episodes were not that great in my opinion. And that’s not to say they were bad, they just didn’t stand out for me. And Torchwood was also very hit and miss, especially in the early series – although later series were a lot more focused and entertaining. He’s also done work on Life on Mars and Broadchurch which have both been critically acclaimed – so the guy isn’t a bad writer at all. But then he was also involved in a show called Camelot which was… well, just stupid.
On the plus side, Chibnall having worked for Doctor Who before has a much better understanding of the series than someone that has just come into it fresh. He has worked with Moffat and therefore he has a much better idea of where the show needs to go. If the two can work together before Moffat disappears from Doctor Who forever, then he could potentially take Doctor Who into new heights. Based on his previous contributions to Doctor Who, personally I think there are better people suited to this (Mark Gatiss for one), but that’s not to say I’m counting him out at all. Only time will tell if he is the best person to take over from Moffat – we’ll just have to see.
What do you think about all this? On either point? Please let me know either on this blog or my social medias. Always happy to talk about Doctor Who with other fans.
Thanks for reading guys. Have a great week!