-So, finally watched season 8 of the new Doctor Who. I like Capaldi okay as The Doctor, but I am disappointed with the direction the series has taken in the last few seasons.
The original Doctor Who tried very hard to be a serious SCIENCE fiction TV show. It was very modern and rational in most of it's thinking. On occasion, it would drift into the current of postmodern thinking, but it mostly stayed true to a modern kind of thinking. This new Doctor Who series, however, have gone increasingly postmodern. In fact, I have decided it is really no longer SCIENCE fiction. It is now simply fantasy.
The quality of writing in the last few years has diminished dramatically. I blame Steven Moffat and crew. They are in the never ending quest for the next superlative. Perhaps it was when the T.A.R.D.I.S. exploded and took the universe with it that the show first truly jumped the shark. Maybe it was when Rose merged with the time vortex and created a man who could not (permanently) die. Whichever shark it jumped first, it likes to keep jumping them still. It seems they have to keep finding bigger and bigger sharks. It's latest shark was an attempt to incorporate some kind of artificial afterlife, courtesy of Time Lord and Cyberman technology. Totally ridiculous.
While the character interactions and portrayals remain sufficient to watch and enjoy, its genuine science fiction supported by science facts seems to have been lost forever. I don't hate fantasy as a genre (I actually really love good fantasy genre material), but this is fantasy trying to pass itself off as science fiction in a way which, in my opinion, discredits both genres. It feels incredibly cheap. I'm not really sure if I want to cry or retch, and I'm honestly not sure how much longer I can keep watching it.
"Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?"
- The Doctor to Clara in the finale of Season 8 of Doctor Who