Last week we launched our new discussion feature, The Weekly Agenda, where we give you a particular Doctor Who subject question, give our own opinion and then get you to send us your comments and views towards it.
You sent us a bunch of comments over Twitter and on our comment box which you can see below:
@Deborahhasselt: In my opinion #DoctorWho is too confusing at the moment. We are not all intellectual geniuses! Preferred it better when RTD (Russel T Davies) was in charge, he could reign Moffat's imagination in. Girl in the Fireplace best eg.
@Team_Hotch: Not to confusing. Just catering for a wider range of fans. Breaking the childrens stereotype and indulging its older fans.
@Amy_Jadiee: I don't think it's getting too confusing, its just the right level of confusion.
@TheDiogenes: Doctor Who, too confusing? Not for us Sherlockians, we have big brains.
I think people shouldn't complain about confusion. Confusion leads to speculation and the show gets talked about. This is event television and has to be seen out until the end. It is all part of the plan to make fans confused because when it all comes together and makes sense it will feel more important.
would say it has become, under Moffat, "pay attention television," where you cannot be a passive viewer. You need to watch carefully, maybe even twice, to get everything.
have to admit that I've heard a few people talk about confusing and getting lost, but I don't get the confusion. Does that mean I'm not as taken in by everything so don't find myself confused? I agree that what Moffat has brought more is 'talkaboutability'. Everyone is talking about Amy's pregnancy and the story arc their own theories.
Agree with the comments above, I don't think it's confusing but you do need to pay attention. I wonder how Doctor Who's younger viewers are finding the twists and turns of this series?
When I was a very young viewer I didn't make much sense of the story anyway. There were monsters and they had to be defeated and you can still get that. I think it's brilliant if short attention spans are being challenged and Doctor Who is getting more sophisticated - then children have to work at it and it's good for their minds! Ideally perhaps it should be like a graphic novel that kids can still watch.
Have ALWAYS been HEADY CONCEPTS in DOCTOR WHO. HUMAN CHILDREN cannot be EXPECTED to UNDERSTAND all of it. But as LONG as there are MONSTERS to FIGHT and the CLEVER DALEKS conquer...er.... the CLEVER DOCTOR wins the DAY, then CHILDREN will ENJOY it.
On a BROADER scope, TELEVISION and MOVIES lately seem to be PUSHING the IDEA that you MUST have a lot of TWISTS and TURNS in your PLOT for it to be ENTERTAINING. This is TRUE to an EXTENT, but on the same line, you can PAINT yourself into a CORNER in a LONG RUNNING TELEVISION SHOW.
I will make the EXAMPLE of the U.S. Series 'The X-Files'. It is SIMILAR to DOCTOR WHO in many REGARDS. Its WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, Chris Carter, was widely PRAISED for his ABILITY to create TWISTS and TURNS that kept the AUDIENCE GUESSING. In the END, though, his ANSWERS were not nearly GOOD ENOUGH for the QUESTIONS he'd POSED, and the SERIES fell APART.
My PRIMARY CONCERN with DOCTOR WHO at the moment is the character of RIVER SONG. Brilliant IDEA, but it remains to be SEEN how it is fully EXECUTED. I have ALREADY detected HOLES and GAPS that do not RECONCILE with what we KNOW, having SEEN her FUTURE already. I hope MOFFAT is not in over his HEAD with this. If his EXPLANATION of her is not SATISFACTORY for AUDIENCES, it could spell DISASTER for the SERIES. Not as much of a DISASTER as the COLIN BAKER YEARS, but that is another POST.
Thank you to all who contributed to the very first Weekly Agenda in the Doctor Who Bar. We will have the next Agenda question later on today!