Things change. The end of the Moffat-era as a showrunner and the change in the main character’s role could be sensitive for the fans, but after this season (the lowest ever in the ratings) the BBC was in for something more than a few replacements.
Steven Moffat did a great job, with some minor glitch here and there, until Peter Capaldi came in the show. I’m sure it’s coincidence, but it still troubles me to see that one of the best available actors has been set up with the weakest streak of episodes in the last few years. A new showrunner was needed and Chris Chibnall is a very strong choice.
It’s funny to notice that between Doctor Who and Broadchurch there are more than a few interactions. Everybody knows about David Tennant but what about Arthur Darvill? Another actor, David Bradley, was the main character in the 2013 docudrama “An Adventure in Space and Time”. Chibnall was involved in another Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood, a few years ago. The good performance of Broadchurch and the commitment of the new showrunner are good omens for the seasons to come.
When it comes to casting the new Doctor, we have always a lot of noise from so-called “fans” of the show. Whoever the new actor is, there are always a lot of people who announce to the world that they will not watch it anymore, that the BBC has ruined their collective childhood and that nobody could be as good as the previous Doctor in the role. It’s happening again.
Maybe you will notice that I’m not addressing the whole “female Doctor” controversy. I don’t and I won’t. In the year 2017, such discussions are pointless.
As a fan of the show, what I would like to see in the next seasons is about great stories and enjoyable characters. I really hope to see something epic, tales worth of many reruns in the foreseeable future. The collective legacy of 50 years of Doctor Who is about science fiction, humor, quick wit and an optimistic approach to reality. This is what I want from the new showrunner, from the new Doctor and everybody else involved in the show.
P.s. Jodie Witthaker will be a great Doctor, you have to trust me on this one. Guess why?
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