Ever since Doctor Who returned to the air fans have complained. They wanted it to be like the old show. The problem with that is the old show was cancelled because no one wanted to see the damned thing. It had run out of steam and the public was finally tired of it. The new series was new. It was a fresh take and it got popular. Then people started complaining.
I noticed when Russell T. Davies announced he was leaving and Steven Moffat was taking over everyone rallied around the new writer and started complaining about Davies short comings. “The show’s going to be amazing!” and going by episodes like “Blink” and “Silence in the Library/Forrest of the Dead” we had a lot to look forward to.
The problem is that so much attention was thrust on him that if he stumbled in his new role as show runner Moffat was going to be crucified no matter what, and stumble he has. Several episodes have fallen flat for me, but I’ve really enjoyed this half of the season so far. It’s been fun again with some interesting and silly moments.
But we’re not here to talk about me. We’re here to talk about the general fan reaction. That reaction is what makes me angry. The same people that complained about Russell T. Davies and put Moffat on his pedestal are screaming for Davies to come back. They want Tennant back but fans always do. Here’s the thing that everyone seems to forget about Doctor Who. It isn’t about any one actor or writing team. It’s about change. The show evolves along with the Doctor so it can survive in what ever television environment it finds itself in and that’s why it’s still on the air. If the fans are complaining, the general television watching public isn’t. The show’s doing quite well.
I guess the lesson here is accept that the only thing that is constant in Doctor Who is change. The glass is all ready broken. Enjoy it while you have it.