(I have made two attempts to explain why this show should be put to rest. This will be my last attempt to do so.)
Before I go on as to why I believe Doctor Who should be canceled, I should let it be known that I actually liked a few episodes of the new series. As anyone who actively watches a show with any kind of sense knows, a television show has good moments and bad moments. Doctor Who fans who watch the show with a passion understand this fact well.
By the end of the 1980's during the show's original run, Doctor Who had begun to look worn out and no longer seemed to have the fire that made it must-see television back in the 1960's and 70's. The BBC, like any other network, knew this and ended the show in 1989 despite however much the more extreme fans of the fandom wished it would stay on. It was a dead ship with nowhere to go and The BBC did the franchise a favor by letting it die.
Now, in my opinion, the BBC needs to do it again. The last two seasons of the new series have become increasingly disconnected emotionally. The plots, which were never the easiest to understand even in the old days, have become so cluttered with excess that a new viewer, or a person bothered to no end as to how great the show is, would seemingly turn the channel simply to avoid a headache.
Plotting aside, I would be more than willing to put up with twists and turns if they were presented in a manner that actually made me want to keep coming back every week.
Take for instance the Series 6 premiere, "The Impossible Astronaut".
Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) meet The Doctor (Matt Smith) and River Song (Alex Kingston) in Utah to see The Doctor killed by an alien who happens to like donning a space suit. Moments later, after burning The Doctor's now dead body, a younger Doctor appears. All three of them unfortunately now have to somehow change the course of The Doctor's history to prevent him from dying again.
If you thought typing that out was hard, you'd have to imagine what it felt like to actually watch it unfold. If that wasn't enough, suddenly the situation becomes bigger when Richard Nixon gets involved. Why was he involved? Why was The Doctor killed? Who were those aliens who looked as if they were rejects from an X-Files episode?
Honestly by the time the previews had ended for the sequel episode, "Day Of The Moon", I hardly cared about the mystery being solved. Russell T. Davies, who got Doctor Who back on the air before Steven Moffat took over, was guilty of often adding more than the audience could chew in his time (Daleks In Manhattan anyone?). Davies however, and this is hard for me to admit, knew how to throw a zinger and leave you wondering even when the result didn't paramount to anything interesting (See the end of "The Waters Of Mars" and the following two-parter "The End Of Time" for a good example).
When Moffat, and the writers under his wing fall flat in the newer episodes of the new series, they fall depressingly flat. I hung in there during Matt Smith's Series Five opener as the 11th Doctor ("The Eleventh Hour") and tried to excuse the passive plotting along with the horrendous little time they gave Sophie Okendo in the following episode ("The Beast Below"), but once I got to an episode centered on Vampires ("Vampires Of Venice"), I became enraged. I believed Steven Moffat was the man for the job to take over the role of executive producer.
Now, I don't even think that's the problem.
The man who wrote classics such as "The Girl In The Fireplace" doesn't seem to know what to do with the show. The screenplays now written for Doctor Who seem to be written by a man, and a rag tag team of writers, who seem to like drinking decaf before writing a story; Everything is murky, right down to the attempts at "humor".
Where is the soul? Where is the light-heartedness?
The Doctor Who that I prefer, the Doctor Who that was the most successful, was the one that knew how to stay in the middle; to be completely serious one minute and care-free the next. It takes a skillful set of writers to do this and I believe the writers of the latest series have the talent to do so. I am not sure that after being let down so much that I want to hang around to find out.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who perhaps wishes the show go on another break.
It feels tired. Not just tired, but 1989 hanging-on-by-a-thread-tired. The break that the BBC gave Doctor Who after Series 4 should have been longer than a year. I believe by not having a real break, the burnout is beginning to show.
Cancelation is the only answer that makes sense to me. With time, a new team and a new passion for the show will make the series worth watching again. Until that time comes, you are witnessing the beginning of the end.
If the fans who are blind can't see that, then this will be 1989 all over again real fast.