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Date: 22 January 2019 01:18 am (UTC)
deird1: Faith looking thoughtful, with text "deep thought" (Faith thought)
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To properly explain this, I'm going to have to spend a couple of paragraphs bitching about Moffat. Apologies.

I joined the fandom during Nine's season. It was fun, hectic, and snarky. I loved how it would dip into a random situation, and they'd run around doing things until the chaos suddenly stopped and back to the Tardis they'd go.

My first problem with the show was because of Ten's increasingly angsty staring. I loved Ten, but angst has never been my thing (the only shows I've seen do it well were Buffy and Farscape).

Then... came season 6. In which:
a) everything in the universe revolved around the Doctor
b) all the characters revolved around the Doctor
c) everything was EPIC
d) everything was all linked up with everything else
e) angst angst angst angst angst

I noped out of there mid-season, mainly due to River being so central to the show. (And I liked River. Which is to say that I liked awesome archeologist who has adventures and occasionally meets the Doctor mid-adventure River.)

This new season is refreshingly non-epic. The Doctor is back to experiencing life and interacting with what's right in front of her, rather than Doing Epic Things And Altering The Course Of History. (I loved, in Father's Day, Nine's comment about the ordinary life of the bride and groom. He wanted to run around the universe experiencing ordinary life, and I liked that.)

The Doctor herself is also refreshingly down to earth, and practical. (And she welded herself a new screwdriver! Gotta love a gal with a welding torch.) She worries about her companions, and the situations she ends up in – but she doesn't ANGST about them. Which is nice. (Compare Ten's "sorry"s to Thirteen's. Ten puts his entire heart, and his entire intense gaze, into the most angsty sorry you've ever heard in your life. Thirteen looks a bit apologetic and gives a bashful "sorry" before running off for more of the adventure.)

There's also the companions. And the fact that:
a) none of them are in love with her
b) none of them have made dramatic speeches about how important she is
c) all of them are capable of telling her off
d) they'd all have perfectly reasonable lives if they ever stopped travelling with her and went back home

We are not quite up to the calibre of Nine's season yet. But we are, once again, focusing on fun, hectic, and snarky adventures with lots of running. Which is lovely.
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