New depths of mediocrity
So, the cardboard cut-out that is Martha failed to capture our hearts (not surprising given the poor standard of writing) so they've gone back to a "name" to carry the new series (with DT supposed to be leaving part way through?).
Carey Mulligan shone like a star in this series - why on earth did they not make her an offer she couldn't refuse (unless they have her lined up as the first lady doctor?)
I really can't believe they're bringing Torchwood back. Come on, it's a kids' TV show desperately trying to be adult by throwing in gratuitous & often jarring sexual or profane content to get past the 9 o'clock watershed. The writing was as bad as the last series of Rentaghost or Dr Who v Bertie Bassett!
RTD is certainly not as good a writer as he thinks he is. He has just one story in him & tries to disguise it with almost "painting by numbers" attempts at emotional involvment (which usually fail spectacularly). I'd like to see more of what Mr Moffat can do - there's some good stuff in his stories, even though the living statues idea was a bit pre-teen.
The "The Family" story was truly dreadful: tthe pocket watch was a thinly disguised contrived plot device for the season finale, thought-provoking or emotional themes were slung in & neon lit rather than seamlessly integrated into the story, it felt like an am-dram production and the whole thing would have been over in a few minutes if it wasn't for that meddling kid!
This season has been a disappointment, but I'm not sure it's been as bad as Colin Baker, Bonnie b****y Langford, Bertie Bassett & others. I'll keep watching, then ranting at the TV for 5 mins after every episode...