The Day of the Doctor review – Dr Who is suffering under former glories

Posted on 25 November 2013
By Jon Baker
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It could be argued that Doctor Who and the BBC are suffering under the weight of the show’s own popularity.

Like the Emperor’s New Clothes, someone needs to stand up and cry, ‘The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who was RUBBISH!’

It’s utterly impossible to see how fans of the charm, intelligence, writing and superb acting of the Tom Baker stories can also appreciate this new, overly revamped Doctor Who.

Steven Moffat’s writing, at times, comes across as garbled, boring, nonsensical and his dialogue is childish.

If Moffat had been at the BBC 40 years ago, you would imagine he would have struggled getting a job writing for the series.

Terry Nation, the shows’ writer at it’s peak of popularity in 1975, out shines Moffat in all regards.

Saturday’s show was filled with embarrassing cringe worthy moments, from the acting and the plot, though to the dialogue.

John Hurt is a fine performer and his acting demands the utmost respect. But, the great actor could only do his best with the painfully bad dialogue.

The inclusion of Tom Baker, brought a certain poignancy to the show. In many ways, Tom made the role his own, but his appearance also shone a light on the shortcomings of the modern remake, throwing doubt on whether the programme could ever regain it’s past excellence.

The problem is Doctor Who exists amongst a TV diet of ‘talent’ and reality shows where people regard the Doctor as a shining example of what classic television once was.

Compared the the classic episodes of Dr Who, Saturday’s show was dire. This may go against popular opinion, but the classic Doctor Who series has stood the test of time, you could question whether it’s modern day remake will.