While everyone else sat glued to their televisions or computers to view the new series of Doctor Who with a new Doctor last Saturday, I was at home wringing my fingers, trying to decide. Did I really want to even go on? I had said back in the beginning I was just going to watch the Eleven episodes. Had I come too far to turn back? Probably. Had I fallen so very hard for Eleven that the idea of someone else in that TARDIS made me a bit queasy? Yes. Definitely.
Then Sunday I tentatively and with a bit of anxiety, went to check people’s thoughts on the episode while also trying to avoid spoilers. I mean, I’ve been waiting for a episode of this show that I didn’t already know WAY too much about before viewing for a long time now. The first reviews I found boiled down to this:
So yeah, I stopped looking and resigned myself to let my love of Doctor Who be short lived and just slink away so I wouldn’t turn into one of those people who find a Doctor they love and then get all crotchety and cross with any other, like the people who never gave Matt a chance because he wasn’t David Tennant.
Then that night, after going to sleep a bit sad, I had a dream. In this dream Steven Moffat came to me and said:
Tamela, I know Squishy Face means a lot to you. Matt Smith was an exceptional Doctor, there’s no denying that, but, I think you’ll find, if you were to give us a chance, that the character he played, the character they all play is still the one you fell in love with. What can I do to convince you to keep watching?
I thought about it for a while and these are the things I said to him:
Steven, I know you have a rough job. You’ve been part of making Doctor Who an international hit while also (for the most part) keeping the die-hard fans who have been through all the years happy, and now you have to make a transition. What I need is for the change of Doctors to be taken seriously and not just, This is the new guy, isn’t he awesome? I’d really appreciate if someone on the show, lets say Clara, to NOT be okay with this. I need to live vicariously through her this one time. I don’t know her well, I’ve only just met her, but I’d like to think she feels the same way about Squishy Face as I do and would have some… misgivings. I’d like her to question just who the Doctor is, because I don’t want to be the only one who does. I need her, like me, to not be sure what part of Squishy Face was Smith’s adorableness and what part of that was just the very heart(s) of the character.
Also, Steven, from all the interviews and press I’ve seen, you all seem super excited that this new Doctor will be MUCH darker. That’s cool. I get that. Only well… I like the ridiculous. I like Squishy Face’s giraffe dance, and how he answers his own questions a lot and how he just is sometimes so very confused about life, time and human beings in general. I thought he was dark at times too, especially about himself, but he was also really funny. So, I guess what I need is for this new guy to also be whimsical from time to time.
And Steven, I know this is a long shot, a “What are you Crazy?” request, but if possible, for me, could maybe 11 somehow make an appearance? In someway? Maybe to appease Clara (and me) that everything will be okay? That the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor and to remind me (I mean Clara) that the face has changed, and therefore a bit of the goofiness, but that everything else is the same. The hearts of the Doctor are very much still there beating and thirsting for adventure and shenanigans.
Goddamned you Moffat!
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