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30th September 2012 16:59:00
Posted by Amy Jones

Doctor Who - Series Seven

And so, we come to the end of the first part of series 7 and the end of Amy Pond and Rory Williams as the Doctorís assistants.

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You might have noticed that individual episode reviews of Doctor Who were absent from the site this year. This was partially pure forgetfulness on my part, but the main reason I didnít grab my laptop at the end of every episode like Iíve done for every series since I joined The Digital Fix was simple ó I didnít like this series.

No, thatís not fair. Itís not true that I didnít like them. Itís more than I felt pretty much nothing towards them. They were fine to watch, something I was happy to point my face towards for 40 minutes, but left me feeling distinctly ďMehĒ afterwards. I was so bored watching The Power Of Three that I accidentally missed the ending because I started playing Sudoku on my phone ó only to find out afterwards that all the Doctor did was point his sonic screwdriver at something and it was suddenly all fixed. Hardly the clever endings and twists I used to love.

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The episodes that I did enjoy more were then so full of plot holes and problems that they were retrospectively ruined for me. Take Asylum of the Daleks ó Why does he suddenly have an age-old nickname weíve never heard of? How can Oswin use her own voice over the speakers, and why did the Daleks turn her genius brain into a Dalek and then just leave her there? Why has Skaro suddenly appeared again ó wasnít it destroyed in the Time War? Where did the huge amount of Daleks come from? Why would the pureness-obsessed Daleks make human-Dalek hybrids? And on and on. Donít even get me started on the contradictions and problems based on Weeping Angel canon in the finale (Oh, wait, thankfully someone else did it for me.)

To be fair, Angels In Manhattan was a good, enjoyable episode. In fact, after The Power Of Three I was preparing to give up on Doctor Who completely but Angels in Manhattan has given me renewed hope for the new series. It was a exciting but understated episode of the kind that works so well in Doctor Who, and a refreshing change from the ďLook! A thing is happening! ITíS SO EXCITING! And now itís okay, but OH NO ANOTHER THING IS HAPPENING RIGHT AFTERWARDSĒ that Iíve gotten used to getting and being totally unmoved by.

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This review reads quite bitterly, doesnít it? Sorry. But I am quite bitter. I have loved Doctor Who since I saw the first episode of the reboot in 2005. I was so excited when I heard that The Moff was taking over as lead writer as I absolutely loved the episodes heíd written. I was so happy with the first series of Matt Smith as the Doctor. But series six was merely good, and this series is mediocre at best.

Iím hoping that with a new companion and a new start, things will pick up. Weíll no longer have the overly-complicated River-Rory-Amy storyline. Maybe things will calm down. I really hope so. Doctor Who has gone from being my favourite show to just something I watch. I really want to keep it as something I watch, but if it keeps on like this I just can't.

What do you think? Is our reviewer being too harsh? Let us know in the comments.


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