Your thoughts on Steven Moffat’s departure from Doctor Who.
Robert Allen, email I’m going to miss Moffat. He’s not perfect and I haven’t agreed with everything he’s done while in charge. However, he’s been responsible for so many wonderful moments. The last series was one of the best since the show came back. So while you’ll be inundated by the “Moffat’s destroyed the show” brigade looking to condemn the man, I would thank him for all he’s accomplished.
Medium Atomic Weight, GamesRadar+ It is most definitely time for the Moffster to move on. He can’t help but tie Doctor Who up in convoluted, impenetrable knots of ever increasing density such that I spend most episodes never really knowing what the hell is going on. I’m quietly confident that Chibbers will steer the TARDIS back to a period of simpler, stronger, more solid storytelling that would really benefit an actor of Capaldi’s calibre.
David Weaver, Facebook It was frustrating how the BBC loudly announced the change of showrunner, then quietly mentioned there is no Doctor Who on TV for all of 2016, apart from the Christmas episode. Chris Chibnall might want to get Jack Harkness back, with his history with Torchwood, which wouldn’t be bad.
Derek Penn, Facebook Good. Not a season too soon. Moffat had issues with the Doctor from day one and concentrated on his assistant way too much. The series lost direction and needs a firm hand to get it back to being the top sci- fi series on television.
Steve Matthewman, Facebook Let us not forget he gave us the Silence, the War Doctor and Tom Baker! I think he has been an excellent showrunner and written some incredible episodes. I for one will miss him.
Sali Earls, Facebook While Peter Capaldi is consistently excellent, the most recent series was extremely weak. I’m a lifelong fan, but I very nearly gave up on it.
Nigel Ellis, Facebook I think the show needed a break. It’s perfectly true that Moffat wrote some truly excellent episodes including the hugely enjoyable 50 years show. However I do feel that over the past three years or so the series’ writing has been poor/ inconsistent.
It needs a firm hand to get it back to being TV’s top sci- fi series
The rambling introduction of Clara, for me, bungled any chance of relating to a companion whose origins I just did not completely understand and frankly ended up not caring about. I will never not watch an episode of Doctor Who but the last few seasons have made it almost a chore.
Andy P Meakin, Facebook How many episodes does everyone think it will be before everyone starts hating on Chibnall? I give it two before those who say Moffat sucked start begging for him to return. Such is the casual whimsy of “fandom” these days. SFX Just a few of the hundreds of responses we got on this topic. Thanks one and all! My tuppenceworth? Moffat started brilliantly but I haven’t loved the last couple of years – too glum and pompous, and the show not being overly bothered about the casual viewer or children is wrong, methinks. But I reckon he’ll put his all into the last series and it could be a goodie. Then I’ll welcome Mr Chibnall as a breath of fresh air.
# MORE WHO!
Emma Watts, email I read Timothy Williams’s email ( issue 270) with an eye- rolling sense of ennui and was once again reminded of why I no longer bother with Doctor Who. Not because of the TV show but because of the crazed fandom that has sprung up around it, comparable to fascism, whereby any detraction from the party line is immediately denounced as “spiteful sneering, old regurgitated complaints, attempts to belittle” and so on. Where has it come from? This complete inability to accept that ( a) other people are entitled to their opinions; and ( b) their opinions may not be the same as yours? Where is our tolerance for an even- handed debate that doesn’t degenerate into derogatory insults?
Timothy makes the assumption that all critics of Doctor Who are just writing out of spite or just want to moan, rather than considering that some of them may have valid points. Some of them may even enjoy the programme in spite of their criticisms – it is possible to enjoy something while also acknowledging its faults. And in a terrific double standard, Timothy bemoans “the nastier, more insecure face of fandom” then later calls the editor an idiot because he chose to print letters which don’t match Timothy’s own views about the show. He also uses the word “frankly” far too much, which means that his letter, frankly, comes over more like a rant rather than a considered opinion.
I’m not going to get into whether Doctor Who is good or bad because I simply don’t care anymore. Not about it or the constant vicious debate that surrounds it. That nastier, more insecure face of fandom has ruined it for me. SFX You make some good points, Emma, there do seem to be some people who get somewhat uppity about issues around the show. Don’t go though, we need you around to speak sense!
THE GOOD GOOD DINOSAUR
Mike Garner, email The Good Dinosaur is proof Pixar need to release more than one film a year. It’s the complete opposite of Inside Out. Goddam, how violent is that film! You put on your review that it might be too scary for younger viewers. I both agree and disagree, kids love to be scared. It’s an ideal film. The part with Spot and the giant insect is both gross and laugh out loud in equal measures.
Yet again, broadcasters have made an idiotic decision
SFX I agree with your disagreement, Mike, it’s perfect for the young audience who will be its main audience. I really liked its simplicity, its lessons about the importance of family and that it’s free of the brashness and freneticness of many modern animations. Looked stunning too.
REAPPRAISING THE CLASSICS
AJ Higgins, email I was disappointed to see that you have given minimal coverage of the recent news that the classic science fiction series Starhunter would not only be getting a third series, but also a videogame, a comic series and a HD remaster for the original two series. Let’s not forget that while the first series has been criticised for its effects and acting, it made up for that with its plot- driven storyline and characterisation. I think this series deserves more credit than it’s given; it has been described as the most realistic portrayal of a solar- bound future by several sources, it is quite blatantly a predecessor to Joss Whedon’s Firefly, and just the concept alone is the coolest thing ever: Star Wars bounty hunters in a Blade Runner- themed SF universe. SFX Unfortunately, AJ, I’ve just done a poll of the office and responses ranged from “Err...” to “Did it even air over here?” Sorry! We’ll keep our eyes on this one and see how it develops.
legends of… when?
Rob Horrocks, email Yet again, UK broadcasters have made yet another stupid, idiotic decision. This time it’s Sky 1 responsible for the outrage.
For some reason, The Flash and Arrow will not be resuming on Sky 1 until March, and Legends Of Tomorrow won’t be starting until then either. Considering that before Christmas we were only a week behind the US broadcasts of the episodes, this decision means that we’ll be several weeks behind, which creates the issue of having to avoid spoilers across the net.
Do they not realise that decisions like this are precisely the reason that many resort to downloading these shows online? Not that I’ll be taking that route due to wanting to watch these shows without lag and with better quality visuals and audio, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying that we’re made to wait longer for some stupid unknown reason. SFX I guess there are a large number of programmes fighting for a limited amount of slots but yes, this is the irksome sort of delay that sends folks to those naughty download websites.
# WE ALSO HEARD FROM
Craig Henderson, Facebook I think Moffat started off really well, but there’s just been far too much inconsistency throughout his run for me to get too teary- eyed over his departure.
John Frahm, Facebook I don’t agree with his harshest critics, I think Moffat did a lot of good for the show. I hope Capaldi stays at least into Chibnall’s first series.
Lindsay Comer, Facebook Steven Moffat is a legend, a genius and Doctor Who will miss him. The “fans” that complain will realise just how good a writer he is when he’s not writing for Who anymore. That being said, change is good.
Gary Pratt, Facebook I don’t know what to think. The internet seems divided, did Moffat go voluntarily or was he pushed?
Keith Henney, Facebook A change of direction may be a good thing – I like Capaldi but I don’t think he has been served well so far with his stories.
Seb Jowett, Facebook Moffat has great ideas, and can write cracking standalone episodes. Though when in charge it seemed that he often tried to be too clever.
James Kinsley, Facebook Don’t want to be too harsh, but think SM brought far more to the show as a writer than a showrunner.
Neil Finlay, Facebook Steven Moffat wrote the best episodes of RTD’s production era, and saw Doctor Who during his tenure get even bigger worldwide, and in its 50th anniversary year made an episode worthy of celebration. For those things we should thank him. SFX Yep, it’s officially our hottest ever Hot Topic! These arguments are going to go on well past closing time...
Moffat: definitely keen on Daleks.
His finest hour ( and a bit)? One of six Doctors under Moffat. ( Really. Count up.) Some of the greatest ever monsters?
The Good Dinosaur : The Revenant for young ’ uns?
The Legends Of Tomorrow, today... in this magazine!
Yep, it’s Starhunter. We think.