“But here's the thing. Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. Two hundred and ten of them, with the top-secret episode within their grasp – and because we asked nicely, they didn't breathe a word. Not one. Even Doctor Who websites have been closing their comments sections, just in case anyone blurts. I'm gobsmacked. I'm impressed. Actually, I'm humbled. And we are all very grateful.”
I thought it was time to give some thought to what the Doctor-assistant relationship is, what function the assistant has on the show, how Doctor Who distributes personal qualities by gender, and why I now hate this lovely show that I used to love.
You know why I really hate the last 2 seasons of Doctor Who?
It stopped being about the Doctor just a galavanting around space and time trying to right some wrongs and explore the unknown. Now, every story has to introduce some huge secrets about the Doctor and build him up as some sort of godlike figure who the whole universe revolves around.
“In 2011, Neil Gaiman wowed everyone with his first Doctor Who episode, The Doctor’s Wife, one of the most popular shows we’ve ever made. It was a long old battle, that one, and I slightly worried the great man might not be up for another go. I should have known better. I only had to whisper “Cybermen” and he was falling back through the door. As ever, he doesn’t give you quite what you’re expecting — or quite what he’s expecting. But then, wouldn’t you be disappointed if he did? As I type, I’m watching one of the effects shots for this show — a realisation of one of Neil’s creepiest ideas ever. It’s good to know what you’ll all be having nightmares about very, very soon!”