when you realize that if City of Death went out today it would be pilloried by many as a silly filler episode a la The Unicorn and the Wasp.
Sometimes I regret the weird and artificial remove I maintain between myself and Doctor Who fandom.
Then I hear that The Unicorn and the Wasp isn’t regarded as the pivotal episode in a season about people turning themselves into books and I feel my choices are tip-top.
I have serious #concerns about this. Because I hate Doctor Who fandom right now. Hate it. I think it’s a toxic, miserable place that is thankfully such a small fraction of “people who really enjoy Doctor Who” that it has no particular bearing on the series right now. Because whatever one might say about Moffat, he at least gets that you do not play with Doctor Who fandom anymore, not ever. (This is an argument I should advance on my blog, actually - that Love and Monsters marks the point where the series officially divorces its fandom.)
And on top of that, I love the series right now. I know you don’t, and I certainly don’t love the series you see on television, but I see a completely different series that I really, really enjoy and feel as passionate about as I ever have about Doctor Who.
But on top of that, I make my living writing about Doctor Who right now. And this is really fucking embittering. I mean, I love my readers. I have a really, really nice community of, it seems, fellow fandom expats. The fan debates still spill over, but even there in their most reasonable form. Even those who hate the Moffat era aren’t the hysterical “Moffat is ruining Doctor Who” camp or of the sort who turn Moffat into a Robert Holmes villain lurking in the basement of the BBC and plotting his elaborate plan to overthrow women forever.
But my God am I going to enjoy just shutting up about Doctor Who for the Twelfth Doctor era and, for a while, having an era of Doctor Who all to myself. Because I really do, these days, want to have a remove with Doctor Who fandom that I just don’t get.
Presumptuous as it might be, I really understand how Davies felt when he bemoaned that he was the only Doctor Who fan in Britain who had not gotten to see a new episode of Doctor Who since it came back. I suspect Moffat is rapidly getting to be the same way - wanting more than anything to get to watch Doctor Who again. Even though I maintain my silence on most of the Moffat era, I have to start sorting my positions now and putting the thematic pieces on the board so I can move through the era. And when the Twelfth Doctor era comes… I mean, I’ll write a book eventually, when it’s all over, but I can just watch again.