io9.com has written an article to fill the gap of “no Nu-who” on BBC America this week by listing plot devices that they don’t like being overused in Steven Moffat episodes of Doctor Who. It’s an interesting and quite frankly accurate look at what keeps recurring in the world of Doctor Who but at the same time, why would you want to insult a show that has given out so much?

The article cites plot devices such as:

The Doctor tells scary aliens to go away- Episodes such as Forest of the Dead and The Pandorica Opens contain scenes where the Doctor blags an escape from an enemy by telling them to think about who he actually is and if they can really defeat him.

Someone stops a deadly machine by admitting to their true feelings-the Doctor stops gas mask zombies by getting a character to tell a child she is his mother in The Doctor Dances, two characters profess their love in The Lodger to stop a rip-off TARDIS from killing the Doctor.

Deadly and unknowable aliens use dead humans’ lingering remains to communicate- the child in The Empty Child, Vashta Nerada in Silence in the Library and Angel Bob in The Time of Angels.

A little girl is trapped in an unreal world where she’s the only one who can touch reality- The little girl in Forest of the Dead and to an extent Amelia in The Big Bang.

A little girl meets the Doctor, and then she sees him again as an adult, but it’s only been a few minutes for him- The Girl in the Fireplace and The Eleventh Hour use this the most.

Timey-wimey cheating that actually affects the plot- Take your pick from most Moffat written tales….

While these may be fair points to make the fact still stands that Moffat is such a great writer that he can take similar plot devices and make them look completely different to attract strong ratings each week in his Doctor Who episodes. Russell T Davies had similar “uniform” plot devices and his episodes shot Doctor Who back to where it belonged-as entertain-the-hell-out-of-you-on-a-Saturday-night television. Two of Doctor Who’s most prolific and famous writers, Robert Holmes and Terry Nation, always used similar plots and characters and yet they managed to create some of the best loved and most fondly remembered Doctor Who episodes of all time.

It’s best to just enjoy the show, rather than pick away at the obvious. It has been running for more or less fifty years now and there are bound to be some similarities!


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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