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Showing my Appreciation for Russell T. Davies
So, the dust has settled and RTD has come and gone. He brought back Doctor Who to us in style, not only choosing great Doctor's but also bringing to our screens fantastic episodes for the last five years!
Now, I know there are a lot of embittered fans out there who for the last year or so (could be longer, seems like forever) who appear to have taken great pleasure out of criticising and tearing to shreds our favourite television programme. They seem to have forgotten that the classic series had many a stinker but for these people, a few bad episodes and suddenly RTD was a disaster for Doctor Who... These people (specifically Chase) seem to think that by throwing in the odd "IMO" would disguise or excuse their rudeness and totally destructive critiques. For Chase and for the other forum members who write in such a similar vein I would like to tell you a little story.
Last weekend I stayed with a very good friend of mine. He is a fairly recent convert to Doctor Who and like me, had one or two little nitpicks about RTD's last two episodes. We loved the last twenty minutes (totally sentimental... but we like a bit of senitmentality from time to time) but we thought the rest of the story a bit of a mess, The Timelords returning a bit of an anticlimax. We did love all the Cribbins/Tennant scenes though. Ultimately, it could have been better but it was still an enjoyable story.
I then spoke to one of his daughters. She is 9 years old, very bright, great at school and a Doctor Who fan for 3 years. I had a discussion with her about Doctor Who, she loves picking up on bad bits of acting and knows the names of all the episodes. As she is 9 she forms part of Doctor Who's TARGET AUDIENCE... What did she think of these last two episodes? When I asked her she smiled and said that they were absolutely brilliant. She, funnily enough wasn't so much into the last twenty minutes but loved The Master, Wilf and, of course the Tenth Doctor "He was a very good Doctor" she said. She wasn't sure about Matt Smith yet but was looking forward to seeing what he will be like. She loved these episodes and couldn't name many episodes she didn't love. Ask her what episode she wanted to watch and she responds "any". As far I am concerned this is proof enough that RTD has brought this show back without making a bad step. Us old school Doctor Who fans will always find things that don't correlate with classic Who, or freighter sized plot holes (on a quick aside, I don't mind plotholes in Doctor Who... In something like Carnivale or The Sopranos it would bother me but Doctor Who is about escaping from real life and going on impossible adventures, it doesn't matter if the story isn't water tight) but if the target audience, those 8-12 year olds love it then RTD has only done right by our show!!!
Thankyou thankyou thankyou Russell T Davies for bringing back Doctor Who, bringing us Christopher Eccleston and David Tenant and all their amazing companions and monsters! I am extremely grateful to you and you know what... You didn't do a thing wrong... NOT ONE THING!!!
Now, let's brace ourselves for Steven Moffatt and Matt Smith!!!