Episode 3: Orphan 55

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by Scaryc
Jan 13, 2020 5:23AM EST
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Doctor Who has always existed on the edge of absurdity, since the franchise was rebooted in 2006, this science fiction chronicle of an exile from a race of Time Traveling Übermenschen has for the most part maintained its charm and sense of fun. With writers like : Steven Moffat, Russell T Davies, Neil Gaiman and others, it was always going to be good. This changed with the commencement of the 11th season, when Jodie Whittaker became the 13th Doctor, with Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole making up the team of doctors companions. I actually think the casting choices are okay, I don’t have an issue with Doctor Who being a woman, but I do think just about all of the story-lines since Peter Capaldi left the show has lacked charm and wit, it feels like it’s been written by a committee. More of an sententious moral whine instead of an actual story that transports us into a fantastical SF universe. Jodie Whittaker and her Doctor Who companions are already into their 2nd season together but the characters remain mostly two-dimensional, the story-lines seem to revolve around running through corridors being chased by various monsters and villains, or the Doctor spouting moralizing hindsight of history through the prism of 21st century woke bullshit, that they think sounds good, but makes most people roll their eyes in exasperation. There’s nothing wrong with injecting notions of environmentalism, equal rights, and justice into story-lines if it advances the plot. However, if the point of the story is to give a preachy speech at the end then that is just bad writing. Show don’t tell! let the audience find their own conclusions and do it with wit and charm that in the past has been a given in the Doctor Who franchise. Also, there is a tendency to toss out all the established Doctor Who lore and logic to make really stupid points, in lame ass story-lines. Sadly the 3rd episode of the 12 season "Orphan 55" is the worst Doctor Who episode since Jodie Whittaker took over the role (probably the worst Doctor Who episode ever). Directed by Lee Haven Jones and written by Ed Hime this could actually be the jumping over the Shark point for this incarnation of Doctor Who. If there is a lowest pit in Hell for hack screenwriters, then Ed Himes needs to be locked up there, and Lee Haven Jones needs to do an eon or two in purgatory for his part in this travesty. The ratings for Doctor Who have nosed dived in recent years, the people behind the show need to take a hard look at what made it successful in the past, because the tripe that’s been churned out now is painful to watch. Get your act together and get rid of the bastards that are destroying this Doctor Who franchise.
Doctor Who has always existed on the edge of absurdity, since the franchise was rebooted in 2006, this science fiction chronicle of an exile from a race of Time Traveling Übermenschen has for the most part maintained its charm and sense of fun. With writers like : Steven Moffat, Russell T Davies, Neil Gaiman and others, it was always going to be good. This changed with the commencement of the 11th season, when Jodie Whittaker became the 13th Doctor, with Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole making up the team of doctors companions. I actually think the casting choices are okay, I don’t have an issue with Doctor Who being a woman, but I do think just about all of the story-lines since Peter Capaldi left the show has lacked charm and wit, it feels like it’s been written by a committee. More of an sententious moral whine instead of an actual story that transports us into a fantastical SF universe. Jodie Whittaker and her Doctor Who companions are already into their 2nd season together but the characters remain mostly two-dimensional, the story-lines seem to revolve around running through corridors being chased by various monsters and villains, or the Doctor spouting moralizing hindsight of history through the prism of 21st century woke bullshit, that they think sounds good, but makes most people roll their eyes in exasperation. There’s nothing wrong with injecting notions of environmentalism, equal rights, and justice into story-lines if it advances the plot. However, if the point of the story is to give a preachy speech at the end then that is just bad writing. Show don’t tell! let the audience find their own conclusions and do it with wit and charm that in the past has been a given in the Doctor Who franchise. Also, there is a tendency to toss out all the established Doctor Who lore and logic to make really stupid points, in lame ass story-lines. Sadly the 3rd episode of the 12 season "Orphan 55" is the worst Doctor Who episode since Jodie Whittaker took over the role (probably the worst Doctor Who episode ever). Directed by Lee Haven Jones and written by Ed Hime this could actually be the jumping over the Shark point for this incarnation of Doctor Who. If there is a lowest pit in Hell for hack screenwriters, then Ed Himes needs to be locked up there, and Lee Haven Jones needs to do an eon or two in purgatory for his part in this travesty. The ratings for Doctor Who have nosed dived in recent years, the people behind the show need to take a hard look at what made it successful in the past, because the tripe that’s been churned out now is painful to watch. Get your act together and get rid of the bastards that are destroying this Doctor Who franchise.
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Jan 12, 2020 10:29PM EST
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They're killing this show ....
They're killing this show ....

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AVG: 3.33