#moffat sucks #really interesting critiques
I’ve been thinking about this for days since you asked.
I think he spreads himself too thin, and that really negatively effects his writing. But Moffat’s the same. They both work best with fewer scripts to write.
Fudge. I just don’t know. I think his creations, the Slitheen, are quite offensive, in that they’re monsters who are identified by being fat. I can’t imagine that positively impacts fat children on the playground.
Interestingly, I would find Cassandra in “End of the World” offensive, as she’s apparently trans*, but then a year later she returns to become a really sympathetic character. She’s awesome.
I definitely would criticize both RTD and Moffat for feeling that gender and sexual minority characters have to be from the future or another species (with the rare exception of Jenny - who nonetheless is married to a non-human woman from another time). In the same way that they both think racism is something that should be exclusive to historical stories.
So he definitely has his moments. But I think since I fell in love with the show during his era its easier for me to look past the faults (or be oblivious to them).
I think Moffat and RTD are both amazing writers in different ways. But I think Davies knows how to write people as human, and not just concepts. Moffat is amazing with high concepts and misdirection. But he doesn’t get people.
Damn it, there I go again praising RTD.
OK, so my least favourite is probably “Voyage of the Damned” or “The Next Doctor”.
I’m not sure why exactly, I just don’t find them much fun. It probably makes a big difference that there aren’t regular companions in either story. I would care about Jackson Lake more if I thought we’d ever see him again. Maybe I should look into it and re-watch those episodes and figure out why I find them so underwhelming.