Doctor Who Season 7 starts September 1st, and I’ve already developed an opinion about it based on the trailer. Read on to form some judgments of your own.
I think the line, “Dinosaurs! On a space ship!” sums up Doctor Who under Steven Moffat: trite, over-the-top and grasping at Doctor Who‘s chintzy silliness without the emotional impact of the Russell T. Davies years. Who can forget “The Unicorn and the Wasp?” It was a silly episode but had immense impact; it was a landing on a long stair up to the heartbreak of the end of the Doctor Donna without letting you forget that a lot was at stake.
That said, this trailer is well designed. Look at the music! Is it the Doctor who kills all the Daleks or Amy? It makes me want to watch, but I worry I will be disappointed because someone is going to want to get this motherfucking dinosaurs off my motherfucking spaceship.
Of course, Moffat could give us something good. Series 5 was impactful in the way I expect Doctor Who to be, with both “Vincent and The Doctor” and “The Lodger” offering some silliness without ever letting us forget what the overarching themes of the season were.
But Series 6 sucked.
And let’s not forget we have to deal with a new companion, who we’re all going to hate because we’ve come to love
Amy and Rory. But we’ve also got our panties in a twist because we haven’t had a PoC since Martha Jones (bring back Marth, please?)
So, Doctor Who, you’ve got a lot to prove. I almost abandoned you last season. Please make the dinosaurs mean something.