The Kat Writes: Analyzing ‘Doctor Who’: The Steven Moffat Era

In my second article for Creators.co, I decided to analyze the Steven Moffat Era, also in order to pay tribute, in a way, and to look at everything, good and bad that Moffat has given us Whovians during his tenure as “Doctor Who’s” show runner.

Here’s a short snippet from the article:

Moffat’s stories range from being lore heavy to complex plots, to well written stories with smart dialogue. Some of his best stories seem to be the ones that focused on particular primal fears, such as statues (Blink), the fear of the dark and what’s under your bedย (The Girl in the Fireplace, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, Listen), and the manifestation of death itself or being trapped in your own personal hell (Heaven Sent).

However, Moffat has also been criticized for over stuffing his plots with too many twists and turns and time travel that end up confusing the audience; and for creating scripts that are full of good ideas, but end up falling flat in terms of execution.

 

You can check out the rest of the article over here.

I hope you enjoy the article, and if you have any comments, objections or thoughts you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment on the article’s page.

 

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15 thoughts on “The Kat Writes: Analyzing ‘Doctor Who’: The Steven Moffat Era

    • Thanks so much! I hope you’ll love it. Feel free to comment on it as well on the article’s page itself. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Regarding the casting, I already put out a blog post on my initial reaction.
      When I first saw the palm and the eye, I was like “OMG IT’S JODIE WHITTAKER” and as soon as I saw her, I felt REALLY calm and I felt that I could rest easy. Capaldi is a hard act to follow really if was going to be another guy, and Kris Marshall feels a little bit too much Eleven. I love the casting, and now that I’ve had a few days to think about things…I was reminded that my favorite Star Trek captain, Captain Kathryn Janeway, made history by being the first female Starfleet captain to star in a Star Trek series (as in as a major character)…and more importantly, in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (2003), they cast two amazing females, Katee Sackhoff and Grace Park, in the roles of Starbuck and Boomer, who were originally played by guys. Yes, there was the initial backlash, but Ron D. Moore, Sackhoff and Park were able to show the fans and science fiction that these things can be succesfully done. So, trust your show runners, especially because if you think of it, they’ve been setting things up for a female Doctor ever since Missy came along and Clara started acting like the Doctor. ๐Ÿ˜€ (Also, Romana in “The Pirate Planet” didn’t even refer to herself as a Time Lady. She called herself a Time Lord). Anyway, sorry if my reply is TLDR. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Okay, firstly agree with all this.
        I really love PCap as The Doctor, and I would have loved another series with him, but if I can’t have him, then Jodie is great.
        I sort of hope they go down the Voyager route, and don’t have the supporting cast bringing up the fact that she is a girl now, by that I mean The Doctor herself. I hope that makes sense anyway.
        I do sort I wish they would bring Romana back.

      • Actually that does make sense. They never really paid attention to gender or race when it came to the roles in the ship (in fact the only issue was whether they were Maquis or not). Hold on, are you a fellow Trekkie too? And a fellow Voyager fan? That would be awesome for both points, also because I don’t usually encounter a lot of people who liked Voyager.
        ROMANA. Yes. Well, at this moment I’m currently watching Season 16 of Classic Who, and I’ve actually never actually seen Lalla Ward in action yet. But I do adore Mary Tamm. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Yes I am a fellow trekkie. I am a massive DS9 fan, but I love all the other series to. I am rewatching Voyager at the mo, I’m on series 3. I think Voyager is a good show, but it could have been great, it had a good solid cast, and an amazing lead, all it really need was some conflict.
        Spoiler alert, I prefer Mary Tamm to Lalla, Lalla isn’t bad, but Romana 1 is better.

      • Oooh. NICE. I have yet to do a full Trek watch, which is on the menu once I’m done w/ Classic Who, the Sarah Jane Adventures & selected Torchwood episodes. Once in a while I do rewatch Voyager episodes I loved. Agreed. It did have a solid cast. From the reviews that I’ve seen of Voyager recently, it was the writing, I think, that let it down. My dad let me watch TNG when I was a kid, but never really got too into it then (he never truly explained it to me hahaha). Ooh. I’ll let you know how I like Lalla after I finish Season 18. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Yeah Voyager was sort of wrecked by the fact that to writers were prepared to take risks, or right story arcs. All the characters, with a few exceptions, finish roughly where they start, and there’s not a lot of growth. Following on the back of DS9, which is all about character and even TNG, Voyager, although fun, feels bland.
        But Janeway is amazing, she is a badass and completely mental, she will do whatever, and she doesn’t care how many people die (as long as it’s not her people) to get home. She’s more like Kirk than Picard, and again I feel the writers missed an opportunity of letting her embrace her full Kirk.
        I love the SJA the best spin off. Torchwood was good, but SJA is wonderful.

      • Hmmm. Actually, that’s true. I’m kind of excited to get to DS9, actually, because I’ve heard so many good things about it. Maybe, if you are not too busy when I do my Trek watch, maybe we can do a little collaboration of sorts? ๐Ÿ˜€ Just brainstorming….hahahaha.
        Janeway IS amazing. And yes, she was prepared to take a lot of risks. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the Captains compare against each other as well and what traits they share.
        I’ve only seen The Wedding of Sarah Jane and Death of the Doctor but I loved them both, so I’m glad to hear that you have good things to say about SJA. Torchwood I hear felt like it was forcing itself to be too grown up? Have you seen Class? Skimmed through an episode and wasn’t my cup of tea that much.

      • I would absolutely love to do that.
        DS9 is sooo good, it should be on today, it’s the story telling that HBO/NetFlix and Amazon are telling now.
        The Dominion War arc, which spans an entire 3 seasons, and is built up from season 2 onwards, is absolutely amazing, and no-one come out with clean hands.
        Those are amazing SJA episodes, the rest are really good as well. Lis Sladen was a great lead, and the kids are also good.
        Torchwood, yes, in the first season the drop f bombs and shag all over the shop, because they can, but once it settles down, it’s a good show and Children of Earth, which also features PCap is a great series of eps.

      • Awesome! Actually, I’d love to connect w/ you on any social media you are on as well so we can continue this really long and awesome discussion there, and also to hammer out the details of our future collaboration. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am VERY excited about Star Trek:Discovery. What are your thoughts on it?
        I love Sarah Jane so I’ll warm up to it easy. Also, from the little I’ve seen, sometimes they do get surprisingly deep and emotional at times.
        Torchwood- Ah yes, I heard about that re the first season, which is why I’m hesistant. But I do want to see the Children of Earth story arc, the Martha Jones episodes, and Miracle Day, although I’ve heard rather mixed reviews about Miracle Day. (Any chance to see PCap again, I’m game.) ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Miracle Day is not good. Nothing Doctor Who related should ever spend excessive amounts of time in the US, because it’s way too homespun and tin canny for that.
        Martha Jones is really good in Torchwood, if you ever had any misgivings on her character, Torchwood is where she really shines. I absolutely adore her, and it’s a shame she is so underrated, but hey, someone had to follow Rose.
        I have seen the trailer, and I am in two minds about it. I would love to have seen them pick up with trying to rebuild the world after the Dominion War, because the federation makes a lot of new friends, and it would be interesting to see the first Romulain (sp?) in Star Fleet.
        Can I find you on FB?

      • Noted. I shall not be touching Miracle Day at all then. I LOVE MARTHA JONES. I felt that she was underrated in my first watch through and I loved her even more when I did my Nu Who rewatch earlier this year.
        Ooooh. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve heard and probably researched about the Dominion War, but have forgotten it as it has been quite a time since I last really got into Star Trek. I’m definitely watching. I have a bad habit of being a completionist, so when I say I’m doing a Trek watch, that means everything. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, you can find me on FB as Kitin Miranda. ๐Ÿ˜€ You?

      • I have just sent you a friend request.
        Martha is wonderful, the best thing about her was that she left, she made the choice that was the best for her, and I wish more of the companions would go out like that.
        I wish Clara had gone like that in Series 8, it was sad to see her go, but her story was finished.

      • Got it! ๐Ÿ˜€ And confirmed.
        Yes, I love that she made that active decision, and I really do love the fact that they continued building on her character even when she left the TARDIS. I feel that the whole becoming solider-ish w/UNIT and then leaving that to become a freelance alien hunter with Mickey was interesting.
        To be honest, I CRIED during Face the Raven. I liked Clara more than I liked Amy, mostly because I could relate to her a little bit, especially when she was with Twelve. During my second watch, I actually appreciated her story arc more, and even though the choices Moffat made rubbed people the wrong way at times, it served a purpose for her character arc as a whole. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Sorry for the late reply, work was crazy yesterday.
        It is so good that Martha had a life outside The Tardis, though I have to disagree, I was sad that she became an alien hunter as I felt she always should have stayed a Doctor. But I do love that they hooked Martha and Mickey up, they are great characters.
        Yeah I’m not a huge fan of Amy either, she’s just so bland, although I do love Rory.
        Well, I’m about to do my Flatline review at some point, or as people call it unfairly, ClaraWho. Yes, Clara is the main character in the story, but that’s no different to Rose in Fear Her, or Martha when she had to walk the face of the world in the year that never happened.
        Yes Clara took the lead, but it suited her character, and in many ways The Doctor is trying to teach her how to be a leader.

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