You know the feeling right? It all starts while you’re watching a program and suddenly go: What the hell were the writers thinking? This thought usually comes along directly after seeing a character precipitously do something very out-of-character or just do something that doesn’t make a lick of sense at all. You often wonder how the production team could’ve allowed this utterly irresponsible event to even make it into the script in the first place since it defies logic on almost every level, both in fiction and in reality. The reasons for allowing this vary. It might’ve been the only way to advance the story, but a more plausible explanation is that the writers were hung over on furniture polish from the night before when they wrote the scene. Whatever the case may be, every show has moments like these and Doctor Who is no different. On multiple occasions, it has allowed its characters to venture into the land of stupidity and very rarely…allowed them to return. A few instances of include:
Terror of the Vervoids is one of my favorite stories in the Trial of a Time Lord arc mainly because I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery, yet that didn’t stop me from wondering what on earth the Doctor was thinking when he presented his case. To help convince the council that he isn’t a ‘meddler’, the Doctor not only picks an adventure that portrays him in the worst light imaginable (which includes him committing genocide mind you), but he also picks one that takes place in his personal future. Seems counterproductive don’t you think? Likewise, if the Time Lords don’t remove the knowledge of this adventure from his mind, then eventually he’ll have to live through these events knowing about everything that’ll happen and he’ll have to let it happen or risk causing a paradox.
Personally, I hate it when a companion gets elevated to the point where they think they know better than the Doctor. Sometimes it’s justified, other times it’s just exasperating because the idea of a person who has only lived for thirty odd years lecturing someone over 1500 is insane. It’s like taking orders from a five year old. Tell me people: When was the last time any of you did that?
The Christmas Invasion is also known to many as The Fall of Rose Tyler. I, like many others, loved Rose in Series One and like many others, grew to hate her afterwards. This stems from the thought of how the writers could allow a character that was written as such a strong and badass personality only one episode ago be reduced to acting so pathetic? Rose tries to scare the Sycorax away by…I don’t know…name dropping a bunch of alien races she’s met in the past. Is that supposed to sound tough (Eccelston voice)? Her standoff against the Sycorax Leader was probably only set up to make her sound weak so that when the Doctor showed up later on, he would look so much cooler in comparison.
Dalek is a really great story! It holds a special place in my heart, but somewhere along the lines, logic and rational thinking just abandoned De Maggio. She orders a Dalek, a creature that her boss and his organization have mercilessly tortured for years on end to go back into captivity?
The crew of Bowie Base One has no misgivings about landing on Mars and making it their home. They don’t mind leaving their family and friends behind to spend years living on some dust ball in the middle of space with evil body possessing zombie water aliens, yet Mia will freak out at the idea that something can be bigger on the inside than the outside. What planet did I die on? Clearly not Mars or Earth.
You have to admire someone who comes prepared for every eventuality. Just look at Lady Christina de Souza from Planet of the Dead. She’s like Batman…only female! She has a fold-up shovel just in case she gets stuck in the middle of the desert and needs to go dig a bus out of the sand. She also carries around sunglasses (at night mind you) for when her robberies get dragged out until the next day and she needs to protect her eyes against bright rays. She has an axe for…I don’t know…chopping up bus seats? But she doesn’t consider carrying a tenner for bus fare just in case her getaway driver gets caught by the police and she needs an alternative escape plan? Nope. Not like Batman at all.
If you were to ask somebody what they believed some of the worst parts of Series Seven is, then most Whovians would have a difficult time not telling you about the Maitlands’ blackmail of Clara. The scene is so badly set-up it’s preposterous to even think that someone like Gatiss or Gaiman could've written it. True, aliens have been confirmed to exist by this time period in the Who Universe, but what part of our brains should be convinced that Clara might be in real danger? Two children tell their father that their nanny is a time traveller and their only proof is a couple of photographs that could've easily been edited with Photoshop. What rational person would believe such a story? Are we meant to believe that daddy-dearest would actually believe his children’s imagination wasn't running away with them? Even if by some miracle (huge bleeding if here) the father did believe his children, what would he do about it? No. This is probably the worst attempt at blackmail in the history of television. It clearly relies on the idea that viewers are morons. Next time you Doctor Who writers try something like this, first go watch an episode of Burn Notice or Suits and come back to it.
This has been another Random Rants. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have a topic you feel deserves to be ranted about, post it in the comments and tell me about it. Also, can you think of any other times characters decide to drop the stupid ball?