If you know me, you know that I think Steven Moffat is a fantastic writer, but an absolute shit show runner. He has given the Whoiverse some of the BEST episodes ever written. Both in Who and in the science fiction genre as a whole. He gives Joss Whedon a run for his money. “Blink”, “The Silence in the Library”, “The Forest of the Dead” and “The Empty Child” are brilliant pieces of television. He also introduced Captain Jack Harkness and River Song (who upon initial introduction was a fantastically wonderful character despite what happened to her in later seasons). He was one of the strongest resources in the Who writer toolbox since the first season of the 2005 reboot.
After Russell T. Davies left and Moffat took over as show runner, well, things changed. Now, yes, full disclosure, David Tennant‘s Ten is my Doctor and will always be my Doctor. So I adore anything that RTD gave us – even the schmalz-y ‘shippy stuff. So when Moffat took over, well, Who was not really my Who anymore. Yes, Matt Smith‘s Eleven was fantastic (and in my opinion, much darker than Peter Capaldi‘s Twelve*) and I loved Eleven almost as much as Ten. And because of Matt Smith’s portrayal of Eleven, I continued to persevere with Moffat’s Who.
But I dunno, things changed. The storylines became unnecessarily confusing and convoluted, time was way too timey-wimey, a bit of misogyny started to rear its head, River Song was absolutely decimated as a character, Clara/The Impossible Girl was a wasted opportunity, and so on. I even thought with the addition as Capaldi’s Twelve that things might improve, but instead it got worse. By the time, my viewing of the second episode of Season 8 had finished, I just could not support Moffat anymore. I continued to watch, but would complain after almost every episode. It hurt my heart to be so annoyed and upset with a show that I loved so much. I was counting the episodes until he announced his departure.
And today he did. After next season (which, unfortunately, won’t air until 2017), Moffat will depart and Chris Chibnall** will be taking over. I am ecstatic about this. I loved both Broadchurch (gads, it was SO good) and Torchwood. I think he will breathe much needed life into the series. I can’t wait!
As for Moffat, he was an abysmal fit for Doctor Who, but his tenure running Sherlock has been nothing short of AMAZING. “The Adominable Bride” was absolutely brilliant and the creative collective between himself, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is GLORIOUS. It just keeps getting better and better which is not something I could say about Doctor Who. So now that he is stepping out of the TARDIS, I wait with bated breath for him to step into 221B Baker Street once more.
Unrelated, if they make that Labyrinth reboot that I have been hearing about all day, I will cut a bitch.
Heath, you are still missed. 🙁 I can’t believe its been eight years.
*Its a fact. Tears of a clown and all that. Don’t try and argue with me. I will fight you.
**Though, Toby Whithouse would have been even MORE amazing. But Chibnall is rad.