I rewatched the 10th doctor episode Utopia last night. Man, that was good. I like it when the TARDIS crew expands, and Jack, Martha, and the Doctor were super. It tied together bits from past relationships, especially Jack and the Doctor, and did it without going overboard. The emotions here were "just right."
The Master, once he got his timelordyness back, was campy but he always was, so that works. It was scary and heartracing and fun.
I miss that sort of Who.
I do still like Who, but it seems to me under Moffat it lacks some of the *heart* it had under Davies. Mind you, Davies could go way overboard with the 'heart'. So can Moffat. The difference is, Davies writes characters better, making sure no one is ever OOC, making sure all the emotional and character bits *fit* even if the plot doesn't always work well.
I'm not all that enthusiastic about this season's Who, and it's not due to the 12th doctor who I'm enjoying (though in a very different way from other doctors). Capaldi has sold me on his being the Doctor. This Doctor is one that, just before regeneration, lived a huge portion of his life in a wartime siege. The man who never wanted to be a soldie( spoilerCollapse )
has spent most of his life in war.
So going cranky and ditching (or suppressing) some of the bits of him which fostered connection with others, I can see. Easily see. He got his accent from Amy (and maybe some of the attitude, just as Nine picked up parts of Rose whe he morphed into Ten). He got his harshness from the life he lived just prior to this incarnation.
It's a long time since he was Ten.
I am not all that taken with this season so far, but it's not the doctor. It's the writing. I need those 'i's' dotted and 't's' crossed on the character/emotional level, and one in a way that everyone still seems 'real'. I'm missing that.
I'm also missing fresh stories, as most of what I'm watching now feels like stuff I've seen before. Same doctor, different face and attitude, fresh stories. Is that too much to ask?
Mind you, I still sit down each week and watch.