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Russell T Davies to return as Doctor Who showrunner

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  1. [2]
    TheJorro
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    Well this is certainly a surprise. I suppose a welcome one now, Moffat turned out to be a bad showrunner in the end, and I haven't heard anything of Chibnall's run. I just hope that RTD changes...

    Well this is certainly a surprise. I suppose a welcome one now, Moffat turned out to be a bad showrunner in the end, and I haven't heard anything of Chibnall's run.

    I just hope that RTD changes his approach to how series finales should go as he had a bad habit of trying to one-up the last one and it got progressively stupider with each series. The finale where they towed the Earth across space to get it back in its proper position was just too stupid for me, and I was done with him as showrunner then. But then it somehow got worse in a different way under Moffat, and it seems like most fans ended up missing the whimsy and lightheartedness RTD brought to the show. So here's hoping.

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    1. Adys
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      BLUF: Cautiously optimistic. Yeah, RTD did some good stuff but I was initially really excited when I heard Moffat would replace him. Of course, I then learned that being a good writer for one-off...

      BLUF: Cautiously optimistic.

      Yeah, RTD did some good stuff but I was initially really excited when I heard Moffat would replace him. Of course, I then learned that being a good writer for one-off episodes does not make you a good showrunner.

      In the end, series 1-4 of the new DW are the "golden seasons" for me, and those were the prime RTD seasons. Maybe some of it is Eccleston and Tennant, but after seeing the clusterfuck Moffat left us with, I'm not so sure. I didn't particularly like Smith either but I felt like 5 and 6 weren't that bad either, yet disliked 7. Of course, I never rewatched anything after 4 so I barely remember any of it and it's all a fucking blur because DW has always been all over the place.

      I totally agree with you with the one-upping nonsense. Reminds me a lot of Supernatural.

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  2. bilbodwyer
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    Cool! I enjoyed Davies' tenure as showrunner. While there were still a lot of crazy, sci-fi shenanigans, he injected a lot of familial normalcy into the show. The whole thing felt a lot more...

    Cool! I enjoyed Davies' tenure as showrunner. While there were still a lot of crazy, sci-fi shenanigans, he injected a lot of familial normalcy into the show. The whole thing felt a lot more grounded, and more like the characters were just... people. I dunno, I find it hard to see much further than my rose-tinted specs (no pun intended), but RTD's run was peak Doctor Who for me. It'll be interesting to see him come back, I can only assume the Beeb must be desperate to reboot the show into something a bit more current.

    Tangentially related, if you haven't seen Davies' series Years and Years, it's very, very good.

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  3. moocow1452
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    I wonder who twisted who's arm here, no pun intended. Doctor Who is something of a flagship show for the Beeb, but I was under the impression that the purse strings were right, and RTD is way out...

    I wonder who twisted who's arm here, no pun intended. Doctor Who is something of a flagship show for the Beeb, but I was under the impression that the purse strings were right, and RTD is way out of their budget and already left his mark. So, what happened?

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    lou
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    Whatched all the modern doctor with the exception of the last one. I even like Eccleston. Really hope this return bodes well for the new Doctor. I didn't enjoy what I saw from her era that much.

    Whatched all the modern doctor with the exception of the last one. I even like Eccleston. Really hope this return bodes well for the new Doctor. I didn't enjoy what I saw from her era that much.

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      drannex
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      Her second season was absolutely better than her first, the storylines aren't the best the series has to offer, and it really messes with some ongoing lore but overall she's a great doctor given...

      Her second season was absolutely better than her first, the storylines aren't the best the series has to offer, and it really messes with some ongoing lore but overall she's a great doctor given rather poor writing.

      The filmography on the other hand is absolutely beautiful and a thousand leagues better than previous seasons.

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      1. lou
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        Yes, that is the impression I got. They tried to make a clean break, it didn't work out at all. The character didn't feel like the Doctor.

        overall she's a great doctor given rather poor writing.

        Yes, that is the impression I got. They tried to make a clean break, it didn't work out at all. The character didn't feel like the Doctor.

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  5. eldersnake
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    Well, this is certainly a surprise. The cynical part of me thinks it's just an effort to get back the audience they lost (including myself) but here's hoping something good comes of it.

    Well, this is certainly a surprise. The cynical part of me thinks it's just an effort to get back the audience they lost (including myself) but here's hoping something good comes of it.

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