Matt Smith is finally done with struggling through Steven Moffat’s attempt to one-up Russell T Davies. As Matt Smith finishes up this final season of Doctor Who, all the Whovians are now waiting with baited breathe to see who will take his place and whether this new Doctor will be able to save the show from the slow downward spiral that has begun.
Russell T Davies, a passionate lover of all things Doctor Who, quit the writing of the show once David Tennant decided to leave after four years of being one of the most popular Doctor’s to date. Julie Gardner, the executive producer of Doctor Who, also left, leaving Matt Smith and Steven Moffat, an occasional show writer, at the helm.
BBC America didn’t chose wrong with Matt Smith. His quirky personality, young face, and goofy looks were a perfect fit for the always oddball Doctor Who. The struggle became obvious with Moffat’s story lines. The show became centered on his companion Amy, instead of the Doctor himself. The worshipful way this show idolized Amy Pond was obvious with every line and new image. She was the goddess, and the Doctor was her monkey, playing to her tune. Yet Matt Smith still managed to insert his brilliant comedic experience and uniqueness into the show making it tolerable, but only barely.
This series with Moffat at the wheel has brought Doctor Who from a stubborn, earth loving alien to now an angry, vengeful, married man. Doctor Who, the man who never settles down due to immortality, gets married? It feel more like a recreation of Leave it to Beaver, not the freewheeling, fun show it was created to be. Don’t get me wrong, the enigmatic River Song, played by Alex Kingston, was done extremely well. She is talented and being the dominant and brilliant woman who someone like Doctor Who needs; however, it still comes off as somewhat a stretch in story line, as they continuously bring her into the show again and again to taunt and tease the doctor. This tactic mostly appears to be a hail Mary for the show, as the producers are just trying to keep their audience.
As the shows continued with this new Doctor, other writers came into to do a show here or there, which is normal for the show and a thankful respite. These scripts truly showed the brilliance of all the actors, but especially Matt Smith. It showcased all the ranges of emotion, and abilities he had as an artist, unfortunately these shows were just too few and far between.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been other redeeming moments within the show, such as Amy Pond’s tag along boyfriend/husband Rory. He is sweet and loyal to a fault, yet he is never written as pathetic. He has enough backbone and stubborn will to make him a real grounded character for true Whovians to enjoy.
Ultimately, Moffat’s vision for the Doctor and the series, changed the lifeblood of it drastically, turning a long standing story line into short, quick little quips that don’t stay with you or that you can even remember later. Although, his love for Doctor Who is there, and he choose well in his actors, the massive undertaking of writing for this beloved show just appears to be too much for one man.