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RTD versus the Moff and fandom 
7th-Apr-2010 08:43 am
I think one of the more charming differences between the RTD era and The Eleventh Hour is how "hardcore fans" are treated. RTD openly sneered at fans in interviews; in the show, fan characters were stereotypical social outcasts and mostly came to sticky ends.

But in The Eleventh Hour, Amy is a new kind of hardcore fan. She makes Doctor Who dolls, draws cartoons, even does cosplay. Doctor Who was the obsession of her youth. She is a bit eccentric; but also vivacious, beautiful and sexy. She resembles modern fandom far more than RTD's outcasts.

Amy gets to experience a fan's fondest wish: travelling with the doctor.

This is the charm of TEH: it's a love letter to fandom. The Moff proves that you can write a story that appeals to the general public AND the fans, without patronizing either.
7th-Apr-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Excellent points. I appreciate how subtle the show is about Amy. Amy is cynical (like many of us), with good reasons (also like many), but there is an optimistic tone to the show that's really refreshing.
7th-Apr-2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
It seems to me that RTD wanted the Who-verse all to himself (but was forced to actually air the program) and Moff is making it for the fans. Or maybe that RTD was a wee bit ashamed that his obsession was with something geeky, and Moff is not.

*shrugs* Or I could just be talkin' outta my hat.
8th-Apr-2010 10:12 am (UTC)
I always thought it was a wee bit hypocritical of him to be so derisive of fans who do things like dress up, or discuss continuity plot-holes on message boards, when he purportedly has a life-sized Dalek in his front room and makes a living writing live-action fanfic.
19th-Apr-2010 04:53 am (UTC)
I've always intuitively sensed the same thing but was never able to articulate it. Thanks for that!
12th-Apr-2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
This new outing for Dr Who with Moff at the helm is everything the RTD years failed to be.

You make excellent points, which hadn't occurred to me even though I was aware that Moff contacted the BBC when he was just 7 years old requesting the chance to write episodes of the show. :D
19th-Apr-2010 04:55 am (UTC)
I liked the way you put it. The Eleventh Hour was a love letter to the fans! I couldn't quite put my finger on just what it was about the episode that so charmed me. BTW, I'm not ashamed to admit that I put on my Ten outfit to watch the episode when it aired!
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