People complaining about how overhyped Doctor Who is under Moffat need to be reminded that RTD literally cared more about hype than the show itself when he made this the front cover of the Radio Times the week before Daleks in Manhattan aired.
Which made a whole 45 minute episode that’s whole point was building up to this reveal utterly pointless.
People have such rose-tinted glasses (pardon the pun) about 2005-2010 Who. It was fab and great and wonderful but it DID have its flaws. All TV shows do, people just seem to get uber-passionate when it comes to Who.
well in this instance it only seems fair to warn people ahead of time ngl
Also, would RTD even have control over what the Radio Times put on their cover?
P.S. Remember that time when RTD kept Rose’s appearance in Partners in Crime so underwraps that he didn’t even keep that scene in the press screening?
SNORT. Because 1 magazine cover = overhype. Stop trying to make what Moffat does not seem as excessive as it is. Publicity is one thing, but what I care about is “in-show hype”. And when it comes to that, Moffat prefers to beat a dead horse. ANYONE looks subtle next to that, even RTD.
To me, the lead up to the End of Time was the worst in-show hype the series has ever had. And seriously, Moffat’s kept way more secret. It’s not like he says “Oh you’ll love The Almost People, we find out Amy is a duplicate and pregnant!” or anything like that. I’m not really saying one is better than the other but seriously, people need to remember the hype surrounding RTD’s episodes. The End of Time? David Tennant was on every bloody program on British TV, he was even in every single BBC 1 Ident that year. That was total overkill. Moffat just says “Please watch, it’s gonna be good” in a lot of interviews (which he has to do to promote the show). He’s said many times that if he could not reveal anything about the show before it airs, he would, but he can’t.
And yes, RTD had full control over what was on that cover, he said inside that he knew it spoiled the episode but he couldn’t resist.
That was RTD’s main problem, he couldn’t stop himself. If you read the Writer’s Tale, you’ll see all the awful ideas that ALMOST got done if it wasn’t for people like David Tennant saying “sorry, you’ve gone too far”.
Yep, I read that too and David Tennant was like
Wtf… no, in his affectionately sarcastic way.
The only time they actually ruined an episode was that cover, for me personally, totally gave it away. At the time I was like
…great. Cheeky bugger.
I have a soft spot for RTD. I love his sense of humour, and he seems really friendly. And I love some of his stuff. The End of Time was a little excessive, and I worried people would hate David for it.
Which is how Dani found tumblr in the first place!
Moffat is more “sure of himself”, definitely, but he’s less fact-giving. Both writer’s strength and weakness, is that they’re fanboys, and as we know as part of the fandom, your own headcanon/views/ships can cause some serious ‘enthusiasm’.