Anonymous asked: If it's not too raw of a subject, could you explain what you meant by your break-up with Doctor Who? I'm not too terribly learned about the show, but I'd love to here what your thoughts are on it and what creator decisions it takes to push you as a fan out of the fandom
It is no longer raw, because it was many, many years ago now, because I am old.
Once upon a time, I watched a show called Doctor Who. I knew basically absolutely nothing upon it, just happened upon “The Christmas Invasion” on SyFy one night (I think it might still have been called SciFi at that point!), which was the Tenth Doctor’s first episode, and fell immediately and irreversibly in love. Because I didn’t know anything about the show, I actually was able to draw my own conclusions about the Doctor/Rose relationship, and I honestly concluded from TCI and the next episode, New Earth, that they had been dating before the “regeneration” thing happened. I really, honestly thought that. When I went back and watched S1, I was shocked to discover that wasn’t true.
SO ANYWAY. I became a HUGE Doctor/Rose shipper and I adored the Tenth Doctor beyond all reason and I cried over Doomsday as you do and I wrote tons of Doctor Who fanfic and generally had this marvelous time and then Journey’s End happened and I hated it with the fire of a hundred thousand suns. I haaaated it. I think the only episode of Doctor Who I hate more than Journey’s End is End of Time, which you should never watch with me, because I’ve seen it twice, and the second time was in a movie theater, and I kept loudly sighing in disgust, and I didn’t even have the excuse of being drunk!
So yeah. Anyway, I hated the Doctor so much in Journey’s End. I just felt like nothing he did made any sense in the context of what I had thought I’d known about him. I literally could no longer wrap my mind around the character. I’d spent all this time writing him and then the stuff he did in JE was just so beyond me that I was like, “…Wow. Did I really get him *that* *wrong*?” And then I found him just unbearable in every episode after that. Like, I hated him more and more and more. He just seemed nothing like this character I’d loved so passionately for so long. Luckily, I had a bunch of OCs I was very fond of, and if you’ve ever wondered why Brem spends a lot of time furious with his father during his college years, it’s because I was using Brem to work out my disgruntlement with the show.
So I guess what drives me away is feeling like it’s become about a different character, or become a different show. I fell in love with one thing, and it went to another place. And, you know, RTD was the showrunner and it was totally his priority but I just didn’t want to write about the character he gave me anymore. He no longer fascinated me, I didn’t want to dig into his brain and get him his happy ending.
That is the very long story of what happened.
But now I enjoy Doctor Who on an even keel—I do not have the highest highs of the RTD years, but nor do I have the lowest lows of those years—and I’ve learned to appreciate that. And I have Sherlock for the highs and the lows, so there’s that now!