I just realized I have absolutely zero desire to catch-up/watch this season anymore. Not in the like, angry, fuck it sort of way, I just have absolutely no desire, it has fallen off the plate of things I care about.
Wow... this season has actually managed to legitimately kill Doctor Who for me. That's...kinda impressive really.
That's a curious thing. Disinterest outweighs crapfest, I guess?
That said...it's also a shame, because the last 2 episodes (Orient Express & Flatline) have actually felt very much like a more traditional Dr. Who experience, and have been very entertaining. I'm really liking Jamie Mathieson with the pen in his hand and I'm really hoping he gets to put some heavy influence on the show.
Actually, I just looked and I'm really wanting to see more team-ups of Douglas Mackinnon (Director) & Jamie Mathieson (Writer). Mackinnon has directed Listen, Time Heist, and Flatline. Despite the serious plot issues I have with Listen and some minor gripes with Time Heist, they both seemed well put together. Jamie Mathieson wrote Orient & Flatline, what I consider to be the strongest 2 episodes of the season so far. The show creators have a nice pairing with those two...I hope they utilize it.
So far, we're 9 episodes in (that went by FAST) and all in all I'm not super upset. It's been a little rocky, true. The carry over of Clara, thus some of the nonsense from Smith's run, made it a tougher transition than I feel it needed to be. More recently they seem to actually have developed a legitimate arc between the Doctor and his companion without shoving it in our faces as the entire crux of the show. I'm worried because Moffat is penning 2 of the final 3 episodes of this series, and he simply doesn't understand the word "restraint". I'm hoping he sees what's been working and builds on that...rather than his propensity to spend the entire hour trying to prove how fucking clever he can be.*
Right now I'm about evenly split between "enjoyable", "ok but with some frustrating bits", and "ugh, eye roll" for the season on the whole.
*sidenote: The more I think about it, the more I seem to notice that while the Doctor was always clever, since Moffat really took the reigns of the show, more and more it was about the Doctor proving how clever he was to everyone. I get the feeling that might be bleed through from Moffat's writing personality, since we've seen the same sort of thing in his work on other shows as well.