The mindbending scene in The Brain of Morbius is a million times funnier when you know that the faces that show up on the screen are all members of the production team. So Philip Hinchcliffe, Robert Holmes, Graeme Harper, and Douglas Camfield (among others) are all past incarnations of the Doctor.
Seasons 12-14 are just a really long multi-Doctor story. (And so is The Caves of Androzani).
Who does Moffat think he is? Bringing on John Hurt as some “forgotten” Doctor from the Time War? Is it possible for there to be a bigger fuckery of continuity? After all, he’s just the temporary showrunner. He doesn’t own Doctor Who. It’s been around long before him, and will likely be around long after he’s gone. What gives him the right to change the show so dramatically? It should be exactly the same as it always has been.
After all, it’s not like John Wiles and Donald Tosh had any right to say the Doctor could experience a renewal and become another younger man.
After all, it’s not like Louis Marks had any right to bring back the Daleks after their ‘final end’ in “The Evil of the Daleks”.
After all, it’s not like Robert Holmes and Terrance Dicks had any right to name the Doctor’s homeworld “Gallifrey”.
After all, it’s not like Terry Nation had any right to say Daleks were mutated Kaleds created by Davros, and not Dals who had been mutated by radiation after an atomic war.
After all, it’s not like John-Nathan Turner had any right to introduce the Valeyard as an amalgamation of the Doctor’s darker nature.
After all, it’s not like Matthew Jacobs had any right to say that the Doctor was half-human on his mother’s side.
After all, it’s not like Russell T Davies had any right to turn the Doctor into a genocidal maniac who eradicated the Time Lords and the Daleks and destroyed Gallifrey in the Last Great Time War.
Clearly the show must always be what it was meant to be in the beginning. A children’s educational program about a crotchety old man who traveled in time with his granddaughter and two school teachers.
The point is, things change and writers change things. If the show doesn’t get pushed in different and new directions…then the show dies and becomes stagnant.
It’s fine to not like the changes that are made. That’s an individual’s privilege and we all have different tastes. But it’s fucking ridiculous to claim that Moffat has “no right” to change anything about the show he’s currently in charge of.
- Martin: Arthur, “F”.
- Arthur: Oh, Fox.
- Douglas: Nearly.
- Arthur: Foxes.
- Martin: Fox something? Fox what?
- Arthur: Foxwhat? Foxhat, Foxhead, Foxclock, Foxface, Foxbox.
- Martin: No, not foxbox! It's a type of dance.
- Arthur: Tango!