Doctor Who – Series Seven

Series seven is over, and our writer has fallen out of love with Doctor Who.

And so, we come to the end of the first part of series 7 and the end of Amy Pond and Rory Williams as the Doctor’s assistants.

You might have noticed that individual episode reviews of Doctor Who were absent from the site this year. This was partially pure forgetfulness on my part, but the main reason I didn’t grab my laptop at the end of every episode like I’ve done for every series since I joined The Digital Fix was simple — I didn’t like this series.

No, that’s not fair. It’s not true that I didn’t like them. It’s more than I felt pretty much nothing towards them. They were fine to watch, something I was happy to point my face towards for 40 minutes, but left me feeling distinctly “Meh” afterwards. I was so bored watching The Power Of Three that I accidentally missed the ending because I started playing Sudoku on my phone — only to find out afterwards that all the Doctor did was point his sonic screwdriver at something and it was suddenly all fixed. Hardly the clever endings and twists I used to love.

The episodes that I did enjoy more were then so full of plot holes and problems that they were retrospectively ruined for me. Take Asylum of the Daleks — Why does he suddenly have an age-old nickname we’ve never heard of? How can Oswin use her own voice over the speakers, and why did the Daleks turn her genius brain into a Dalek and then just leave her there? Why has Skaro suddenly appeared again — wasn’t it destroyed in the Time War? Where did the huge amount of Daleks come from? Why would the pureness-obsessed Daleks make human-Dalek hybrids? And on and on. Don’t even get me started on the contradictions and problems based on Weeping Angel canon in the finale (Oh, wait, thankfully someone else did it for me.)

To be fair, Angels In Manhattan was a good, enjoyable episode. In fact, after The Power Of Three I was preparing to give up on Doctor Who completely but Angels in Manhattan has given me renewed hope for the new series. It was a exciting but understated episode of the kind that works so well in Doctor Who, and a refreshing change from the “Look! A thing is happening! IT’S SO EXCITING! And now it’s okay, but OH NO ANOTHER THING IS HAPPENING RIGHT AFTERWARDS” that I’ve gotten used to getting and being totally unmoved by.

This review reads quite bitterly, doesn’t it? Sorry. But I am quite bitter. I have loved Doctor Who since I saw the first episode of the reboot in 2005. I was so excited when I heard that The Moff was taking over as lead writer as I absolutely loved the episodes he’d written. I was so happy with the first series of Matt Smith as the Doctor. But series six was merely good, and this series is mediocre at best.

I’m hoping that with a new companion and a new start, things will pick up. We’ll no longer have the overly-complicated River-Rory-Amy storyline. Maybe things will calm down. I really hope so. Doctor Who has gone from being my favourite show to just something I watch. I really want to keep it as something I watch, but if it keeps on like this I just can’t.

What do you think? Is our reviewer being too harsh? Let us know in the comments.

Amy Jones

Updated: Sep 30, 2012

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