I feel like I need to comment on this.
-The fundamental philosophy of the show has shifted.
Um, the original philosophy of the show has changed so much since 1963. I mean, I bet there are people who wish to have an educational children’s tea time program about a grandfather, his granddaughter, and two schools teachers who travel through time and space and learn educational things about cavemen, static electricity, and Marco Polo back, but there are plenty of people who are happy with the show just the way it is, thank you very much.
-The Doctor has been replaced by a doppelganger. This was once a relatable, empathic, pacifistic character who was willing to sacrifice himself for ordinary people. Now, he is two-dimensional, detached, violent, and has even been seen committing premeditated murder for the sake of revenge. We respect Matt Smith’s brilliant acting while lamenting the creative director’s bastardization of this beloved character.
I started to laugh upon the second sentence. I don’t recall the Doctor ever being a pacifist except maybe Ten on his hypocritical days. Have you even seen classic Who? I recall the Doctor making someone take an acid bath and snapping a man’s neck in two different stories. Please check again. The Doctor does still have empathy, and he does attempt to make sacrifices, such as in The Rings of Akhaten. I guess if you can’t relate to him, that’s your own fault. I thought the viewers were meant to relate more to the companions, but fair enough.
The Eleventh Doctor is not two-dimensional, thank you very much. He started out as a young looking, energetic imaginary friend and turned into a more serious figure whose selfishness cause bad things to happen. He became too big and had to go back into the shadows.
I’m currently thinking of junking The Doctor’s Daughter simply because of the “I never would,” speech. Oh yes, the Doctor will use violence if necessary and he will premeditate murder if he has to. If he went on shooting sprees for fun, I may have an issue with him, but I don’t.
-The presentation of female characters on the show has raised serious concerns among feminists and women in general. Many feelings have been hurt. Thousands of women have spoken up to express their upset, and Steven Moffat has dismissed them very rudely in the public sphere. Their experiences are not imaginary. Nor are they coincidental.
Unless I hear about mistreatment of the actresses on set or something like that, I don’t think we should list this as a reason to fire Steven Moffat. Say what you want about his female characters, but did you know many women also look up to these women and relate to them? I could write pages about this statement above, but I’d rather not.
-Excessive liberties have been taken with the Doctor Who universe and its continuity, to the point of dramatically rewriting both Classic Who and the Russell T. Davies revival. While perfect continuity is impossible in a show about time travel, and each creative director reserves the right to leave his/her stamp on the show, fans feel that the excesses taken under Moffat’s watch are of such a nature that they disrespect the history of the show and arrogantly magnify the importance of Moffat’s contributions.
Which fans feel this? A group on tumblr? Not all fans feel this.
For crying out loud, rewrites have happened through the whole history of Doctor Who. The Second Doctor claimed to have built a TARDIS whereas it was later learned that he stole it. The First Doctor was revealed to have gone to Earth to hide the Hand of Omega in a 1988 story, not something that happened in 1963. The Doctor having two hearts was revealed in a Third Doctor story, contradicting this fact from earlier stories.
Why oh why is Russell T. Davies still considered the epitome of how the show must be written? He made loads of rewrites to classic Who. Sarah Jane’s character was very different when she returned in 2006. The Doctor was in a serious romantic relationship with a companion five years older than his own granddaughter. The Master had the drums added to his character. The Doctor claimed to be a pacifist whereas he is most definitely not.
So yes, Steven Moffat did do some things that “rewrites” the show, LIKE EVERY OTHER WRITER. The only major ones from his era that I can think of are the renumbering of the Doctor’s incarnations and Clara being in the time stream. How the heck does this disrespect the past more or less than any other writer?! If Robert Holmes can reveal that there is a regeneration limit, Steven Moffat has every single right to play around with it. If Russell T. Davies can kill off the Time Lords, Steven Moffat has every right to bring them back.
-The general quality of plots and character design has dropped significantly. Fans feel that the show’s overarching plots, which are under Moffat’s direction, are convoluted, poorly written, and presented in a hamfisted way. They also feel that the characters created under Moffat’s watch are overly stereotyped, unrelatable, “tropey”, and seriously lacking in both development and emotional depth. They are “quirky” and “cool” but wholly two-dimensional.
You don’t like the plots and characters? That’s fine. Guess what? Lots of other people like them. I certainly felt emotionally involved in Series 7 and The Day of the Doctor. I like Clara Oswald; does that make me a trope? Am I just a stereotype? Again, I’m not sure which fans you’re talking about. I happen to enjoy his plots and characters just fine.
Hate his direction of the show all you want, but starting petitions is just dumb.
I just feel like the entire concept of rallying for a man to lose his bloody job because you don’t personally connect to his female characters, or because you were offended by two jokes in the show, is pathetic, rude, childish, immature and frankly absurd.
Using the logic on display here, RTD should have lost his job the moment he reduced a woman to a literal sex object for laughs. The way the petition generalises everyone by referring to Moffat haters as ‘fans’ is really fucking frustrating too because dammit not everyone dislikes his work. A majority of people, given the AI Ratings for series 7, actually really fucking love Moffats writing…
wanna know what a cow looks like washed and blow dried?
that is what a cow looks like washed and blow dried
I need feminism because a senator actually referred to a pregnant woman as a ‘host’.
Not a woman. Not a mother. A ‘host’.
You know what a host is?
It’s the victim of a parasite.
So this pro-life dude just made an argument against his own agenda.
And also, a host?
Fuck that shit.
If I’m a host, then I have the right to kick an unwelcome visitor out of my house.
He may want to rethink that term.