In your opinion, do you feel that BBC and the writers of DW and Sherlock now are beginning to become a little bit blinded by the success and popularity of these particular shows? I’m beginning to get the feeling that the writers (particularly Moffat, given his head writer/producer status) is hoping that the momentum they’ve gained so far will continue no matter what kind of bullshit they’ve put into the shows.
This additionally saddens me in turn because I did like the initial run, the longer it continues, it looks to be slowly dying because the writers keep reusing plot points and character tropes and show elements, almost like they saw that these things worked, so they decided that they’re going to keep to that. I think that this might be part of the reason why we seem to be seeing little (if any at all) actual character development, interesting new overarching plot lines, or even permanent deaths of major/supporting characters, since that indicates some amount of permanent, lasting change in either prevailing mindsets, story, main and/or supporting characters, situations, premises, contexts, etc., which, as has been established a lot of times, Moffat doesn’t seem to grasp very well.
That’s an interesting thought. I don’t think Moffat is as self-aware as that - I think he genuinely enjoys writing the shows and thinks they’re good. But the writers have definitely been allowed to get away with more and I think the success of the shows has made them more dismissive of the fans and made them more likely to make jokes about them (e.g. in The Empty Hearse with the teenage girl’s opinion of Moriarty and Sherlock kissing).
It’s also turning more into in-jokes and flashy scenes, rather than trying to absorb new viewers.
Moffat reuses a lot of plot elements and I think it was a mistake for him to make Sherlock and the Doctor so similar (and to have the same writers for both shows) because it means that they’re reusing ideas and characters for both.
And of course he’s terrible at consistency, which also ruins the show.