I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since the 80’s, back when it aired in the United States on PBS affiliates. They’d do it different ways. Some did each episode of each serial in the actual 30 minutes, while others would run 2 or 3 episodes in a block, or even the entire story uninterrupted. For the longest time, this was the way to watch Doctor Who for Americans like myself. And it wasn’t just Doctor Who. PBS also ran other British programs like Blake’s Seven, Red Dwarf, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Black Adder, and Keeping Up Appearances.
These days, Satellite companies have BBC America, which is basically the same idea, when it’s not showing reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Doctor Who ran for quite a long time, starting in 1963 until it was cancelled at the end of the 80’s.
I’ve learned that there are two kinds of Whovians. The first kind is the one I belong to. We praise the show and talk endlessly about how good it is. Then there’s that…other kind. The kind that are always saying how Moffatt is the worst writer, or how Clara is one of the worst companions ever. Before that, it was outcry about Rose or Amy or others. Yes, even David Tennant, who in my opinion is one of the best to ever play the Doctor, has his share of haters. Some think Tom Baker ruined the role. (blasphemy!)
These kind of people never seem to be satisfied. The show could win Hugo Awards every season (and it has won quite a few, actually), and they still wouldn’t be happy. They’re the hipsters who think the show was best when it was still underrated and cheap.
Now, I want to make something clear. I have found things I don’t like about Doctor Who. It’s not a perfect show. I’ve given some episodes low scores on this site. But here’s the difference between me and those people I mentioned above: I’m not constantly being negative. If I ever get to that point about any favorite show, I stop watching. I stopped Naruto because I got tired of the story not going anywhere. Bleach was the same way. All those side stories made it difficult to care about the main story when it finally came back around.
But I want to see this stop. This is why Doctor Who was eventually cancelled back in the 80’s. The show had its enemies, but the fanbase turning its back during the McCoy era didn’t help either. That’s the whole reason “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” was done. This episode was made to directly attack the fans who’d turned their backs on the show as it was struggling to find footing amidst the meddling of Michael Grade and other backstage politics. It could happen again. And you’d be the ones to blame this time, not Michael Grade. Not Moffatt (who actually isn’t as bad as you folks make him out to be).
So, can we please find more positive things to say? It’s not that hard, you know.