Steven Moffat Leaves Doctor Who: An Incoherent Reaction

by thethreepennyguignol

So, in the last hour, I discovered that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has quit and been replaced by Chris Chibnall. This timeline roughly sums up my reaction.

  1. WHAT.
  2. WAIT.
  3. NO.
  4. YES.
  5. YES!
  6. Oh my God, it’s finally over. There are no comaparisons to make to my relief that wouldn’t be offensively hyperbolic and also entirely accurate.
  7. If someone is fucking with me on this, I honestly and very literally cannot be held responsible for my actions.
  8. I’m already feeling a little bit melancholy about it, because I’ve written so many terrible things about Steven Moffat’s tenure on the show over the years that I’m worried I’ve hurt his feelings. I STILL LOVE THE EMPTY CHILD STEVEN.
  9. Not that melancholy though. I’m pouring myself a glass of wine and going through the Twitter reactions.
  10. Huh, guess I should check what else Chris Chibnall has written. To Wikipedia!
  11. Broadchurch- good. Some of the last season of Torchwood- concerning. Some of the early seasons of Torchwood-encouraging.
  12. I don’t recognise the names of any of his Doctor Who episodes and it’s causing me something of an identity crisis.
  13. Oh yeah, those episodes. About the things. And stuff. All of them are bad to okay.
  14. That’s probably not a good sign.
  15. But if Steven Moffat wrote great standalone episodes under other showrunners and had a pretty terrible tenure showrunning himself, maybe that means Chris Chibnall will have a great run? Maybe that’s how this works?
  16. Oh, I have to wait till 2018 to find out anyway. That’s so far in the future that I’ll probably be dead, or at the very least living in Glasgow.
  17. Apparently Steven Moffat is spending a full year building up to his epic final season, and frankly this worries me deeply. I mean, if he thought season nine- in all it’s violently awful glory-was epic, I am sort of grotesquely looking forward to the note he sends himself out on.
  18. A chorus line of high-kicking Osgoods and Weeping Angels, no doubt. Nah, that might actually be fun.
  19. But I’m getting distracted! Time to lull in my warm bubble of happiness for a few days.
  20. And re-watch all of series nine. Just to remind myself that while things might not get better, they surely can’t get worse.