When I discovered the Big Finish Doctor Who audios the first one I found was titled the Condemned with Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor in a story written by Eddie Robson.
Robson’s story was excellent and original and both Colin Baker, India Fisher and Anna Hope all delivered first rate performances. As I continued to pick up episodes and listened to Baker in the role as the 6th Doctor and Sylvester McCoy as the 7th I found very quickly that both Baker and McCoy where much better actors then their respective eras would lead one to believe and if they had worked under incredible disadvantages and concluded that if Baker era had not been full of poor scripts and the McCoy era loaded with “woke” plot lines their tenures as the Doctor might have been successful and the series not cancelled in the late 80’s.
It appears that history is now repeating myself.
From the moment of the announcement of Jodi Whitaker the fandom that had been a part of my life for over 40 decades decapitated, I watched the final episode where the 1st Doctor was made to be a bigot and fool and then simply ignored it. I neither cared to see the new episodes nor did I care even about the old ones, I cancelled the big finish pre-orders that I’d made and didn’t even bother to listen to the episodes that I had not yet finished listening to. I didn’t care about the character any more because I knew what was coming.
However my sons who had shared this fandom with me didn’t give up right away. My youngest lasted a full 30 minutes into the 1st episode before he dropped it and my oldest has watched every episode, we had dinner last Saturday together and we talked about it.
To his mind there isn’t a single episode that comes to the level of the Capaldi era but more importantly there isn’t a single episode that a Capaldi or a Smith or any of the other past Doctors could have made work because the character he is watching isn’t the Doctor, it’s barely a science fiction show. The only recognizable bit is the opening credits. He showed me them and I thought it they were a pretty good combo of the iconic Tom Baker credits and 1st Doctor style, but notability missing the Doctor as if to emphasis the character.
He doesn’t blame Whitaker, who in his opinion seems to be doing the best she can with the material that’s given her but the material itself that seems to be all about being woke vs being entertained. As the Sun put it:
the producers, under new boss Chris Chibnall, have opted to tackle issues such as racism as Jodie, 36, travelled back to meet civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the US in 1955.
Next week they have British Imperialism in their sights in 1947 India.
And the latest episode explored gender with a pregnant man giving birth.
Jodie Whittaker is the first ever female Time Lord, but the BBC have gone to extreme lengths to ensure the new series is as inclusive as possible
A viewer tweeted: “That’s the last episode I’ll be watching. I don’t watch this type of TV show to get subliminal PC lectures, it’s supposed to be entertainment.”
The BBC hoped to boost ratings which slumped under Jodie’s predecessor Peter Capaldi. But they dipped to 5.9 million in parts of Sunday’s episode.
The viewing numbers have dropped from episode to episode. Since the premiere of the season the show has shed 25% of its viewers 25%!
From what my son has described in the forums he follows the fans have been polarized by all of this and there is even talk of giving the show a rest for a season and not bringing it back till 2020 in the hopes that absence will make the heart grow fonder but I suspect that it will just give people an excuse to find other entertainment options out there of which there are plenty.
Now the smart thing would be for the BBC to acknowledge that despite the fact that Chibnall has had success in other shows the direction he has taken the Doctor is poison and that he and perhaps Whitaker are going to have to go if they want to salvage the not only the series but the licensing money that will dry up as various product sales related to the series dry up.
This is unlikely to happen before at least 2021 because just as the reality of the failure of the first black president could not be publicly acknowledged by the woke media in the US I suspect the BBC, having given into the SJW mob in England doesn’t dare admit the new woke female Doctor is a failure to wit:
Describing the idea as “such a load of b***ocks” Hesmondhalgh championed the new series’ storylines, which have largely won acclaim from fans and critics and which she said were “everything I want in television.”
In other words who cares what the fans think? This is about me feeling good about myself so who cares if the annual Christmas special is junked and the Doctor Who experience is defunct and the fans are in revolt, the right people think the right things are being said so that’s all that matters.
Meanwhile my son who used to make it a point to stream the show as soon as it was released now will watch the episodes not when they’re played but if he has nothing better to do. He has high hopes that this next episode by a different writer might be recognizable as a Doctor Who show but how sad is it that we’ve reached this point?
All of this was of course entirely predictable and while I have dreams of this season or next ending with Capaldi waking with the entire past two years being a pre-regeneration delusion most likely it’s the beginning of the end.
I’d say “Get Woke Go Broke” but as the BBC is publicly funded people who are most responsible for this disaster are unlikely to pay any price for it.
Yet another woke Doctor Who innovation the bad guys win!