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To be honest, even though I'm absolutely loving series 5, I'm getting really annoyed with all the "but if it was RTD's name on The Big Bang everybody would have hated it for having a reset button" type slagging off by people who think Moffat's stuff is only loved because of the name of the guy who wrote it.

To set things straight, if it would have been RTD's name on there instead of Moffat's, I still would have loved it and it still would have been the best finale sinds 2005. Not because Moffat wrote it, but because he wrote it WELL, with a careful, subtle buildup throughout the entire series instead of just throwing one keyword of unknown origin or meaning around every other episode or to suddenly introduce an important plot point 5 minutes before said plot point is used to solve the problem (hello, Martha and "telling every person on earth about the Doctor without the Master ever noticing", I'm looking at you) with a lot of over the the smaller details and plotholes getting glossed over.

I don't have anything against people who like RTD's work, but this was one argument that has been rubbing me the wrong way for a few months now and people who use it obviously don't have a clue what they are talking about. The differences in handling between RTD and the Moff are just way too different even when they use the same devices or the same type of jokes. You can't compare them like that at all without overgeneralising a hell of a lot of stuff.



RTD's writing simply rubs me the wrong way because it is often so over the top with so much focus on individual characters while neglecting plot development that I can't emotionally connect with because I'm autistic and I have trouble with identifying with "normal people with cookie-cutter personalities" in drama. I know this won't be the case for the majority of people, though.
I just tend to like Moffat's work more for his subtle buildups, good plot ideas he doesn't go overboard with, understated performances and clear, easy explanations. That, and well, I've got a bit of a thing for horror....

Oh, and lastly, because it was bothering me, those smart people who don't understand The Big Bang and claim it was too convoluted and complicated obviously didn't watch and listen closely enough. It was so extremely straightforward and, well, obvious what was happening that I'm really astonished that there actually are that much adults claiming that they didn't get it at all...

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