There are voices – “David Tennant fangirls and boys” but voices nevertheless – who challenge the idea that Doctor Who can survive without Tennant and Russell T Davies stewardship.
For the last 12 months or so there voices have been heard in forums and discussion boards across the web – a blinkered and unseeing view that somehow positions Doctor Who as “theirs”; it is a view that echoes the worst excesses of hardcore DW fandom.
In a superb article in the Independent, this view is challenged – while the fans that have been with the show since 2005 and deny it any sort of post-RTD future are not mentioned by name, they are the ones being addressed here, as are other naysayers with other agendas.
Writer Matthew Sweet provides point after point, as well as showing how the series has been building up to the moment of the Tenth Doctor’s death, not to mention highlighting the Doctor’s reliance on companions to keep him in check, harking back to the very first Doctor Who story.
Of the 2010 series, he says this:
I have a prediction: it will be the best season of Doctor Who ever broadcast. But even if the public don’t agree; even if the new production team discover that when your predecessors achieve audiences of 12 million the only place to go is down, they will not destroy Doctor Who. That’s the nature of the achievement wrought by Davies and Tennant.
It is a sentiment that we’re encouraged by, and certainly fits in with the Kasterborous Law of Odd Numbered Seasons that states that the 2005 (Season 27/”Series 1″) and 2007 (Season 29/”Series 3″) runs are superior to the 2006 and 2008 stories.