Finally cowboyed up and watched the Christmas Special.
My god...the pandering to the American audience is obscene. And something I don't get. The show has a solid, multi-generational fanbase upon which they've spent ten years building and building a new generation. Is this a "the world is not enough" syndrome? A parallel to politics? They're making a bid for 100% world audience participation by walking some sort of imaginary middle road that destroys all humanity and integrity?
I hope Moffatt's departure will change this show. And I hope Capaldi stays...because he's the only good thing.
I can't tell if the "privatization" of Doctor Who (the cashing in on, marketing of, and global spreading of) is what hurts the show or if we're in a sort of transitional period where that's the inevitable fate of NuWho (and, potentially, a good thing, once it transitions to...whatever the fuck they're trying to transition it to.)
But, of course, Doctor Who was always a lucrative global freakout. It's just now that the Beeb is able to hide behind profiteering shell company alter egos like BBC America and actually enjoy the phenomenon. So I'm thinking the last 10 years of the Beeb is sort of akin to that college kid from Amish country who discovers alcohol and drugs.