Rob Filth wrote: ↑
Fri May 22, 2020 6:42 am
Naughtius Maximus wrote: ↑
Thu May 21, 2020 11:05 pm
The original series, even at its worst, was fundamentally powered by ideas and some semblance of intelligence and never truly patronised even when it was rubbish. NuWho seems to instead revel in pure patronising vacuity much of the time that seems to inherently be about nothing and lacking in any subtext to speak of. Indeed, a tale told by an idiot (three separate idiots in this case), full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
A lot of people claim the NuPooh is "preachy" and "too-PC". What it seems to me to be is a series which strives to make a point but fails every time because it has no coherency of consistency in the moralising it attempts to make. The reason being for this is that in it's initial urgent panicked desperacy to be "populist" it immediately threw all of its morals and principles upon the scrap heap and now all that's left is repeated navel gazed attempts to rewrite it's brief and origins.
Any programme which is singularly concerned with repeatedly attempting to re-write it's mythology whilst making heavy handed bungled attempts at moralising at the expense of just telling good stories instead is surely doomed to fail.
NuPu is 'politically correct' insofar as political correctness sells, and they're marketing this series towards the broadest demographic. Which in and of itself is fine -- but it's transformed the whole thing into one giant fucking advertisement for itself.
Whenever I watch an episode it feels like I'm watching a trailer, like it's trying to sell itself to me, to convince me it's good. It's the televisual equivalent of that stupidly expensive book crApple did a few years back that was literally just a gallery of its products.
NuPu maintains a semblance of moralism, that is, it's a charade. None of its stories seem to actually have a point bar one or two exceptions, none of which have come out in the past three years. They all simply feel like they're saying something. They dangle the carrot, and never quite make it. Compare that to, say, 'The Chimes of Midnight', which I think is a genuinely excellent work of art, not simply a Doctor Who
The late Mark Fisher once described the Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy years as a 'palimpsest of empty signifiers', meaning that the show had ceased to thematise and now referred to nothing but itself. I think that's a little unfair when applied to the Colin era at least (some of the Sylv stuff is certainly like that [and the Virgin New Adventures are very fucking aptly named]) but fuck me it's a great description of the new show.
Think of the Daleks for instance. Where once the Daleks were a metaphor for Nazism, now they signify nothing else than 'Daleks'. And maybe that happened decades ago -- fine. But classic Who didn't overuse them either. Tom Baker didn't have a proper Dalek story for fuck's sake -- he had two Davros stories. He didn't counter an invasion. I'd go so far as to say that while the Daleks appeared, there wasn't a Dalek story as such between 'Death to the Daleks' and 'Resurrection of the Daleks'. And even the latter is tenuous.
The Moffat era really went to town on this with its constant postmodern calling-back. The show seems able only to be about itself. Some of the Jodie stories have tried to be otherwise, but have failed disastrously. 'Kerblam!' for instance. Fuck me -- in the year 2018, Doctor Who
defended Amazon against striking warehouse workers. I guarantee that wasn't its intention, though. They're just inept.
This year's finale is the utter apex of what I am talking about. Think about this: Davies actually tried to do the right thing by limiting the callbacks. Chibnall devoted an entire series to making the Morbius Doctors canon.
Read that again:
Chibnall devoted an entire series to making the Morbius Doctors canon.