THIS IS AN OPINION. IF YOU DON'T LIKE OPINIONS, PLEASE TURN AWAY. THANK YOU.
The prospect of a new Doctor was exciting. Then came the news of a new companion. New head writer. New executive producers. New TARDIS. New Sonic Screwdriver. New titles. New theme tune. Eh, aren't we getting carried away here?
Unfortunately, they did. If 'Everybody's Favourite Doctor' leaving wasn't bad enough, Moffat went ahead and revamped the entire show - literally. Doctor Who now became a darker show, with a different atmosphere. Long gone were the days when the Doctor could tow the Earth with his friends. And many fans were not happy.
The series opened magnificently: The Eleventh Hour, also praised by critics, boasted an intriguing storyline and a very unusual encounter with the future companion. A week later, the edge-of-your-seat stuff we had seen was replaced by a depressing 45 minutes, in which we see a chav-monarch (she's the bloody Queen!) and a Space Whale. 'nuff said.
As weeks progressed, the pattern continued as the story quality fluctuated. Whereas Victory of the Daleks polarised fans, The Time of Angels fuelled applauses across the country. Amy Pond was also a cause of controversy amongst Whovians; is she still a cold, silhouetted figure whom nobody really knows, or is she a fantastically shaped character? Truthfully, we still don't know who she is. Those cringing moments coupled with the odd emotional scene made her a really incoherent character. Whether that was intentional remains to be unknown.
But the most irritating matter, is that Doctor Who needed no strong, well-thought climax... because the Doctor is famous. He's now a universal celebrity who can simply declare his name and make aliens tremble at their knees. What good is that, apart from depreciating the essence of Doctor Who? Moffat should not rely on the Doctor's popularity as a solution, because that does not make him the strong and morally brave character he is meant to be.
Ultimately, the series lacked that something: whether it was the special ingredient which was used by Mr. T Davies, or if it was the emotional strength of the companion... it made the series seem hollow and not living up to its generous expectations. There were many gems in the series which definitely shaped Matt's Doctor, namely The Eleventh Hour and Flesh & Stone but by placing them with apathetic stories, they were brought down to a point where nobody could truly appreciate their brilliance.