Steven Moffat had an interview with TV & Satellite Week Magazine, which I assume will be the last magazine left in the universe after electrons eat all the paper. Moffat took the time to respond to some very serious allegations that have apparently been raised repeatedly, namely that Doctor Who has gotten far too dark for young viewers.
Says the Grand Moff Steven:
“I wish those people would do a bit of research. Go and discover what children are reading now. Harry Potter’s very dark. All the Young Adult literature is very dark. And children are dark and serious people.”
Very true, and well said! It’s really too bad that “too dark” isn’t even in the top quartile of criticisms leveled against Doctor Who under Moffat’s tenure. Let’s see, off the top my head, there’s “emotionally dishonest,” “emotionally manipulative,” “lazily written,” “full of plot holes.” And those are just from the last few sips of my whiskey. The rest of the bottle has so much more to say if only I’d let it, but that way lays madness.
Moffat wrote some of the best episodes of the Davies run of Doctor Who, and he seemed like a perfect person to whom to pass the torch. Unfortunately, without Davies running things, Moffat lapsed into storytelling that went for cheap unearned emotional gut punches — which he can write like no other — without having the supervisor forcing him to actually make any of the plots make the slightest bit of sense. Hell, without even forcing him to make the weekly ENORMOUS WORLD CHANGING emotional events matter past the next commercial break. He turned emotional, dark, intelligent science fiction into a sitcom with emotional swings in place of jokes. Everything resets, nothing changes, nothing matters.
But too dark? The darkness might be the only thing that keeps the show from completely falling apart.