Over at The Guardian’s Comment Is Free there’s a entry in their conversation series entitled:
In the (Tardis) blue corner we have Antony Wainer of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society and in the red corner it’s Chris Weston. Yes, this Chris Weston:
The artist on The Twelve, Ministry Of Space, The Filth, and much more besides, doesn’t like the new Who. Not at all. And he makes his case throughout the conversation:
“There’s no doubting it’s built on strong foundations. I have no problem with the premise, just the current execution.”
“In truth, my biggest problem is with the overall tone of the series: I find it knowing, patronising and flippant. It has no emotional integrity or verisimilitude. It has emotion, tons of it – sometimes the programme is unbearably sentimental. But “emotional integrity” is different: you never feel the characters believe in the situations they are involved in.”
The trick with reading anything like this is to completely lose any sense of partisanship and just read the arguments for themselves.
And even though I’m a fan of the show….. Weston rather walks it doesn’t he?