But it seems not everyone agrees. In fact this series has probably had the most mixed reviews of any since the show was revived in 2005. This worries me, because in my opinion, series 5, written by Steven Moffatt, is when Doctor Who became clever again. We didn’t just get linear stories, they were pieced together how a time-travel show should be. We didn’t see historical figures for no reason, they were part of the overarching plot. And we had episodes that were well paced rather than ended abruptly.
I’m worried, because this series was clever, it didn’t give you everything on a plate, it made you think a bit. Intelligent drama is a cornerstone of British TV and I dread to think what our TV landscape could look like if audiences can’t even take to the latest Doctor Who.
But what worries me more, is the fact that shortly after the finale bowed out to 5.1 million viewers (not great but still respectable considering the weather/world cup/fifth series) bookmakers started slashing odds for new(ish) doctor Matt Smith to leave the role. Not only that but they suggested David Morrissey or even JAMES CORDEN should be his replacement.
This horrifies me because if there was one thing that series 5 got bang on it was Matt Smith as the doctor. He stepped into the role magnificently and in my opinion has already outshone David Tennant and his gurning.
Now of course we know that Matt and Moffatt are going no-where soon and the BBC are said to be pleased with the latest series. But I am still worried, how long will the BBC keep listening to the critics who love the new style before they revert to the viewing figures and give us some more tosh… British TV could be in danger…