May contain Spoilers, especailly for Christmas 2011.
I hateDISLIKE Steven Moffat.
Of course... I don't, not really, having not met the man, but I hate his storytelling and I hate his attitude and for some reason I'm really angry about it today? I am long over accepting that he is taking my favourite thing and slowly ruining it, in fact, I think, this Christmas, I managed not to care until now.
I also understand opinions and points of view, and that many people may enjoy the stories he tells and the direction he takes Doctor Who and other projects. For example, I do actually like his Sherlock rehash to a degree. But lately, in terms of Doctor Who, I don't know what is going on.
I do not like his characterization - the doctor talks too much in an attempt to be witty and amusing, but is always answering himself and never engaging in proper dialogues, which is sad since Smith is quite good. His companions, and the infamous River Song come across as selfish, not the kind of people you'd want with the fate of the world in their hands, and he can't seem to work out his motivation. He wants everything burrowed down to it's most shallow level - sex. Sexy, kissing, snogging, sexy times, yet he's also obsessed with decanting children and children's hopes, dreams and fluffy rainbows into every episode. Oh, and for the record, the Doctor never did think much of appearance - I doubt he's shallow enough to care if someone got fat.
But all that aside, because it is subjective, I have another idea that I want to ask for opinions upon. I don't believe that Moffat is telling good stories. Yes, sometimes, RTD did use cliche endings, or deux ex's, but the journey was wonderful at least. Moffat's stories seem to have no structure, no frame, they confuse many people, and leave the rest of us underwhelmed. There are few subplots, there is little character development, there is no mystery, no effort on the part of the viewer, no suspense. The building blocks of narrative, the magic of STORY, lacks. Side characters come and go, with nothing being learned about them or their purpose. For example, you have BILL BAILEY in your Christmas Specail? You give him, what? Four minutes of screen time in a nameless role.
Now he's just getting lazy, including such wishy-washy elements as 'Just make a wish and I'll find you'. This isn't some kind of super-hyped-fantasy. At least the magic had some basis in psuedo-science prior to this. He also does not take into account the paradoxical nature of his storylines or the previously established rules of the Whoniverse. He also includes such wonderful ideas as simply making the TARDIS invisible. Why? The whole quirk is the broken perception filter. Those tree folk also could have had some interesting ties to the woman from 'The End of the World'... I mean, hell, there's so much that could be done.
I just feel as if I am watching something from someone who doesn't have a passion or a respect for the universe which he is expanding. It's like having someone who's openly admitted to not being bothered about Wheel of Time continue for Jordan just because he can have some kind of psuedo-power in an established world.
Not to mention his attitude - which is just appauling. He shows little respect for previous writers and those who have worked on what he, now, is working on, and even less respect to those fans of his work. But that has little to do with a man's skill, so, hey.
Anyways... Christmas rant, complete.