Why am I not enjoying this season of Doctor Who?

Hello, my name is Peter and I’m not enjoying this season of Doctor Who since they came back from mid-season break. Woo! That felt good to get off my chest and yes it is true! During the mid-season finale for Doctor Who we saw Amy and Rory become stuck in the past after being touched by Weeping Angels. Yes, they’re stuck. No, I’m not sure why either but there was some crazy “Doctor Logic” answer for it. Since then, we’ve been re-introduced to Clara (Souffle Dalek-Girl) in the Christmas Special The Snow-MenĀ and for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on, I’m just not enjoying it as much as usual.

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To try and figure out, I’ve gone back and watched previous episodes. I’ve watched Eccleston and Tennant episodes along with Smith episodes. Guess What? Still love them! In fact, I came to the stunning revelation that the Smith Era may very well be my favorite so far and that The Ponds are my favorite companions. (I still love you, Rose!) So I’m definitely not over Doctor Who. Last night after watching the latest episode, The Crimson Horror, I even went back and watched Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, an episode from the first half of this season. Turns out that may be one of my favorite episodes EVER. So what is it?

Do I dislike Clara as a companion? Looking back, no I don’t. I like her just fine. She has an interesting story that I’m hoping to see explored more. She stands up to the Doctor like a good companion should, but she always knows when to follow the Doctor’s lead as well. Is Smith just not cutting it anymore? I think he still is. He still manages to make me laugh and when it comes time to be serious, I still get shivers from when he gets all riled up. At the end of Crimson Horror we caught a glimpse of next weeks episode, Nightmare in Silver, which is written by Neil Gaiman. The Doctor, Clara and the children she Nanny’s for travel to the World of Wonders, which was once the greatest theme park in the Universe only to discover one of the return of the Cybermen! This is the first episode I am really psyched for! I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s novels and cannot wait to see this one! Can it make up for what has kind of been a “bleh” return of season seven? I hope so!

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What about you? Am I the only one who has felt this way? Am I a horrible whovian? Chime in on the comment below!

5 comments for “Why am I not enjoying this season of Doctor Who?

  1. Mandy
    May 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t know. I’m enjoying the season, but it does seem different. I think it’s because they haven’t gotten as personal with the doctor or Clara. Se hasn’t asked a million questions about him or his other companions like every other companion does. And they don’t seem as close, which I assume is because he’s still trying to figure her out. They seem to be going from episode to episode without much of a back story. Perhaps that the problem you’re having?

    • Peter
      May 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      That’s true. She isn’t as inquisitive anymore and has seemed to warm up to her role quicker than the other companions I’ve seen. They seem to be getting close, but the Doctor has always warmed up to his companions a lot faster than this. Maybe you’ve hit the nail on the head!

  2. May 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Man, I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way! I loved “Hide”, but that’s about it. I love Clara, but she has been almost invisible! Also, tell me if I’m wrong, but it feels like the dialogue has been largely … well … mumbled! It’s hard to understand what they are saying at times.

    In any case, I’m hoping the last two episodes will redeem this half. I need to go back and re-watch season 7.2 to see if it gets better the second time around, but I can’t help but feel that these stories have been a bit blah.

    • Peter
      May 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      There has been moments where the dialogue is tough to understand but I’ve always had that issue with English shows.

      A rewatch is always a good idea, as I’m sure there’s tons of stuff we’ve missed or overlooked but this just seems off? Maybe it’s because the Doctor is sort of keeping Clara at bay since he doesn’t understand how she’s existing?

      I don’t know!

  3. Leah Notarus
    May 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    For me, I think the problem is that we’ve had no connection to River. Every time that I see The Doctor get close to Clara, it feels like he’s being disloyal to River. Where are we in the River timeline? Do we know?

    I did like how the Christmas special did mention his depression over Amy/Rory, but there’s been no mention of them since.

    There has always been some sort of carry-over between companion stories after The Doctor has lost them (at least in the New Who). But, I’ve not seen that in this half of the season.

    It’s almost like he’s starting fresh (less the “potato,” the “lizard” and the “assistant”).

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