may-gerard-never-stop-you asked: Do you think (this is the opinion of myself and a friend of mine) that the Victorian London setting has been used way too much? And do you think Doctor Who is kind of waning? Like, eventually they will run out of ideas and lose popularity?
I think that we’ve been seeing a lot of Victorian London because that’s where Vastra, Jenny and Strax all live and operate. So, it looks like anytime that trio is in an episode, which was more frequent than ever this last series and possibly upcoming series as well, part or all of it will take place in that setting. I mean, I personally infinitely prefer the historical settings over the generic alien space-planet future settings, so I’m cool with VicLon.
As for the show itself “waning,” I mean, I’ll say what I think 98% of fans are thinking: Series 7 as a whole was Not Good, and Series 6 was Not Bad. For me, the pacing of Series 7 was all over the place, and the way it was split in two parts with the Ponds and then Clara made the whole thing feel even more disjointed. Series 6 had some real serious shining gems (The Girl Who Waited and The Doctor’s Wife to name a few) and although it was confusing as hell the first time viewing it, the whole Impossible Astronaut arc has really grown on me over time, once more information about it was acquired through later episodes.
(Seriously, rewatch Series 6 sometime with all of the plot and timing knowledge of the later episodes and you’ll find it a lot more coherent, not to mention, you might notice some totally new aspects that you would have missed if you were so focused on piecing together the plot.)
I think a regeneration, especially a regeneration into a Doctor who is supposedly nothing like the young charming rogues that Ten and Eleven could be, seems like the perfect thing to jumpstart the show. A totally different lead will literally prevent new episodes from rehashing entirely, and I’ve heard reports that Capaldi has already influenced Moffat to make script changes, which is incredible.
I really don’t think Steven Moffat is a bad writer, far from it actually, but I do wish that someone else would take over as showrunner, or at least become a co-writer with him.
So, short answer: The show was on a downward spiral with the last series, but a new incarnation promises a new outlook, and even if we don’t get a new head writer for a while, I personally think the regeneration is enough to see the start of something really great.