Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat has had an attack of the bleeding obvious and stated at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that
[Fans] should be allowed to sit and complain about Doctor Who - what is the point in loving something if you can’t complain about it incessantly?
Truer words were never spoken. Being a fan carries with it the expectation of what the show should be like, so it’s natural to complain if the show doesn’t quite fit with that or you don’t like the direction that the show’s going in.
The same, of course, is true of any TV show or movie series or comic book or even the latest album from a favourite popular beat combo. And as we know as Doctor Who fans – and as anyone who followed the development and release of the Star Wars prequels or the Lord of the Rings trilogy, there are always dissenting voices, regardless of how well the end product performs.
Bearing that in mind, it’s inevitable that we’ll see some complaints over the next couple of weeks, isn’t it? You can’t please all of the people all of the time.