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Rumors of Moffat's 'Doctor Who' Demise Can Never Be Too Premature

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 2, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 2, 2014 |

Like most of you, I’ve been absolutely thrilled to make the Twelfth Doctor’s acquaintance. Peter Capaldi dashingly rode in on his fake horse to make the role his own, and despite being overshadowed by a SPOILER…lesbian “kiss” (technically, oxygen sharing) that’s banned in parts of Asia, Series 8 is off to a good start. (More *Spoilers for the first two episodes ahead.)

But let me not mince words: I’m really, really looking forward to the Mark Gatiss penned “Robots of Sherwood” next week, because Steven Moffat’s writing leaves something to be desired. As much as I loved seeing Madame Vastra, Strax and Jenny, between them, the dinosaur, Matt Smith, a new companion, and the Daleks, the “Deep Breath”/”Into the Dalek” one-two punch felt a bit like “Hey, let’s make this exciting by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink!” “Deep Breath” was clearly the better character episode, while “Into the Dalek” felt a little more coherent storywise, but both hours suffered what we’ve come to know as Moffat’s general episode writing issue: Fun on the surface, just don’t think about it too much. (How did the gang get restored to full size?)

It’s not just the audience displeased with Moffat’s writing; Philip Morris — the man who hunted down and returned those missing Who episodes last year — took to his Facebook with a rather biting commentary, and a Series 9 showrunner rumor:

“Dr who like any show should not be beyond criticism. Just because it has the stamp Dr who on it it shouldnt be beyond criticism .It is not a children’s programme its drama and should be a family show from age nine to ninety its produced by the drama dept .

My own personal opinion is the show at present is beyond tired. It needs to stop referencing the past. Its fairy tale type fantasy storytelling quite frankly is not Dr Who the show is science fiction. I know I will be crucified for my opinions but quite frankly I dont care they are mine and I feel fully justified. The show needs a showrunner who works on Dr Who exclusively not part time .

I thank RTD for bringing Dr Who back to to a family audience and while not liking everything I can’t argue with his viewing figures.Stephen Moffat has brought some new classic monsters and his 50th anniversary story was a ratings success .They are both high calibre writers however I feel who needs new blood

However x factor had far higher ratings

Guys Dr Who is just not good enough at the moment and needs a new team

Dr who should be judged by its ratings and Quality as a fan I can honestly say that .Its currently not good enough we see the same things from the same people victorian london again .Present day london again
Its tired the personel involved are who’d out

Here is a unique format that can go anywhere anytime any culture. But it doesnt its being held back now by the very people who make it …

I hear the new guy people are talking about was the creator of crime traveler

The guy im told is Anthony Horowitz he will replace Steven moffat

And has been endorsed by philip hinchcliffe”

Yowch. Morris went on to say he’s not on a Moffat witch hunt, but that he feels the show has gotten stale. But Horowitz (The Adventures of Tintin, Foyle’s War, Alex Rider) doesn’t seem flattered by Morris’ comment, in fact, he first played coy:

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Then called an article that referenced the rumor “interesting”:

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Morris isn’t giving up:

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Bottom line; it’s past time for a new showrunner. I’d love to see Gatiss, or better yet, a female take the helm. I’m sure You People have suggestions …

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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