Same Shit, Different Doctor
I watched "The Caretaker", the latest episode of Doctor Who
season 8. It was just... kinda... there. It wasn't bad, exactly, for what it was... But it wasn't Doctor Who
, and the relationship comedy it was trying to be wasn't particularly engaging or funny. Moffat just seems to be utterly incapable of writing anything without slowly morphing it into a sort of blandly maudlin relationship comedy -- Sherlock
season 3 being another recent example. While I enjoyed Coupling
, the relationship comedy that made his name, since he started getting genre gigs it's like he keeps trying to shove a square peg into a round hole. It just doesn't quite fit, no matter what kind of gymnastics he puts his characterizations through to try to force it.
As for Capaldi's Doctor... He just doesn't seem to know what he's doing. He keeps oscillating between snarling asshole and goofy clown, as if the writers keep forgetting for a scene or two that they're not writing for Matt Smith's Doctor any more. At either end of the spectrum, it never feels authentic. I know Capaldi is respected in Britain, but I'm not familiar with his prior work, so I don't know how much to blame Capaldi himself and how much to blame Moffat's direction. Given the generally cartoonish tone of this season overall, I suspect the latter.
I've often heard that Doctor Who
is considered a children's show over in Britain, but it never felt
like one to me until now. #doctorwho #sciencefiction #scifi #tv #moffatsucks