The Seventh Doctor as Template for the Moffat Era?

Posted: August 11, 2016 in Entertainment, Fiction, Needless Things
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When looking over Steven Moffat’s own words on the era of the Seventh Doctor, he rarely has much nice to say about it. That’s kind of interesting since so much of that Doctor’s run seems to have been the template for his time as the Doctor Who showrunner. This seems to largely hold true when looking at the Moffat era Doctors and even when comparing some startling similarities between one of the favorite classic Who companions and one of the least favorite modern Who companions.  
  1. rickkeating says:


    Interesting observations (as I tried, unsuccessfully, to say at your Needless Things site). “The Curse of Fenric”, incidentally, is one of my favorite Seventh Doctor stories. I agree with the comments in the podcast that the “movie” version is better because it doesn’t suffer from cuts for time that disrupt the narrative flow. Certainly knowing the origins of the great vampire and its influence on history and folklore were major plot points that improve the story.

    I also love the chess riddle. And even then, we saw echoes of a future Doctor (the Eleventh). In that the Doctor lies.

    About the legality of certain chess moves.

    I wonder if Steven Moffat has revised his opinion of Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy since writing that article? I know lots of anti-Baker fans have reevaluated their opinion of his Doctor in light of his Big Finish performances.

    We should also keep in mind what Moffat may not have known at the time (I don’t know if he’d begun his scriptwriting career at the time), which is that actors followed the director’s instructions and/or that scripts may have been influenced by the producer’s vision of the show. I recall, for example, reading that Anthony Ainley wanted to do a restrained performance of the Master in one particular scene (and/or in general), but the director (and/or John Nathan-Turner) kept instructing him to go more and more over the top.

    That’s not to say any of the actor’s performances couldn’t have been improved. In the commentary for one of his episodes, Peter Davison, whom Moffat identified as the best Doctor in his article, acting-wise, said he wishes he’d acted the scene in question better and/or that he’d have done it differently in retrospect.

    As to the Seventh Doctor in general, I preferred his last two seasons to his first. Not surprisingly, “Dragonfire”, which introduced Ace, was the best of that first Seventh Doctor season.


    P.S. At a convention in the mid 80s, I bought a button with the now-ironic statement, “My favorite Doctor is the real McCoy.”

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