Title kinda covers that, doesn’t it? Oh well. Rants about what? Whatever you guys feel needs to be ranted about or what I feel needs to be ranted about. This first installment covers Doctor Who, specifically Series 7 and 8.
Series Seven is officially part of the past. What made it different to the other seasons? Run you clever boy? The Doctor’s biggest secret? Nope! It was the concept of making every week feel like an outing to the cinema. Did it work? Let’s have a look!
The Movie of the Week Schick relied on the various writers of Doctor Who each picking a successful movie and bringing Doctor Who into the mix. Alien became Cold War, Snakes on a Plane became Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and Cowboys and Aliens became A Town Called Mercy, and they’re not the only ones. There’s more. If you look hard enough, you’ll discover that every episode has its roots in some successful motion picture.
Now the idea to imitate something that’s already successful and magically transforming it into something else is a notion that has been around since…well ever! In fact, a lot of TV Shows these days implement the same strategy on a weekly basis. Psych and Castle often base their episodes on certain themes that have been prevalent in real world entertainment. The twenty-first century is a very good example of this actually. Anyone remember an abomination called High School Musical? It inspired musicals everywhere to be written and filmed. Worse of them all is the brutal slaughter of vampires throughout the fictional universe. I mean it! Vampires are officially, completely dead AND un-horrifying once they come back to life. Instead, people feel the need to want to fall in love with the blood suckers. I can understand the lure though: I mean who wouldn’t want to repeat the twelfth grade like a hundred freaking times? Even Doctor Who is guilty of the vampire lure. Vampires in Venice anyone?
Joking aside, personally, I liked Series 7. I have similar criticisms as everyone else, but for the most part, it was a strong season. There were hiccup episodes, but let’s face it: there are always hiccup episodes. If they manage to make the episodes fit the size of the story they’re trying to tell, give me no series splits or at least realistic splits and one season per year – throw in some awesome movie posters like they had in Series 7 – then bring it on! The above have all been done before, so it’s not asking for the moon or stars (although those are also on my list). This has been my very first Random Rants! Tell me what you think in the comment section and what you feel should be next on the list and don’t forget to share and tweet and expand this site.