Doctor Who, you’re pissing me off

In response to Why Doctor Who is Pop Culture Sci-Fi At Its Best | TIME.com

2013 is a year where “big” science fiction properties are getting a lot of attention: There’s a new Star Trek movie. A much discussed and anticipated Star Wars movie is under development. And, most importantly, Doctor Who celebrates its 50th birthday. Yes, that’s right; I wrote “most importantly” because, when it comes down to it, Doctor Who is the best pop culture sci-fi around.

Sure, in terms of financial earnings or even just cultural awareness, Wars and Trek have the British time-travel series beat. Despite the show’s impressive growth with American audiences since its 2005 relaunch, most here would choose to fly in either the Millennium Falcon or the Enterprise over the TARDIS any day. But in terms of core concept, Doctor Who is filled with possibility in a way that few other science fictions can truly compare with.

Cowpoop.  I don’t like it when TPTB or fans or MSM claim one television series, film, or book is the bestest ever. None of these forums exist in a vacuum and it shouldn’t be a competition.  All have potential, but few reach their full potential.

Doctor Who has not reached its full potential.  RTD did a great thing, destroyed it, and Moff has continued to tear it down.  Watching Star Trek TNG changed my life but the last movie was a travesty that ignored the series development of DS9 and seemed to come up with an alternate history of Romulus.  Abrams is trying to turn Star Trek into Star Wars.  It is widely accepted that the second Star Wars trilogy was crap, and while i don’t personally hold that harsh of a view i do not like how Padme’s character was destroyed and history was rewritten.

And then there’s Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Stargate.  Fox murdered Firefly the same way they murdered Dark Angel.  TPTB dropped the ball at the end of BSG.  Stargate played with the genre, made fun of itself and other series even while praising them…and for some reason beyond my comprehension has totally fallen off the face of the planet.  Sure, Atlantis and SG-U weren’t as good as SG-1, but i love both of them in their own way and am really upset that there’s no closure to SG-U.

I have watched a lot of science fiction in my lifetime and i cannot say that one of them is the only one i ever would have watched.  You can’t do that.  You can’t erase history, it shapes our understanding of the present and the future.  Doctor Who is wonderful but it’s behind in the game in a lot of ways.  Sure it’s the oldest, if you even consider NuWho to be the same creature (in a way it’s more of a spinoff like TNG or SG-U).  But don’t condescend to tell me that your way is the only way.  Yes, i would choose the Tardis now, but ten years ago it would have been the Enterprise or Voyager, and if i had to choose one series that is doing science fiction the right way…heaven help me i think i would have to point to the Stargate franchise as the most recent example.  Though Firefly did it pretty well it wasn’t asking the big questions.

What is Doctor Who contributing in terms of sci fi?  I’m not talking about explosions and special effects, i’m talking about character development and asking ‘what if’ questions.  Well the truth is not much post-Ten and–more importantly–post-Donna.  There’s a big gaping hole that still can’t be filled by what you’re trying to shove into it and you’re ignoring what makes sci fi great almost entirely.  Stop saying “we rock” and get with the program.  You are alienating your base.  These huge hiatuses don’t help, either.  Get back to the real deal and then maybe you can start to compare to your peers.  Right now you’re just making yourself look bad.

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