If it's crap ... We'll tell you
It is Moffat's fault that the series has declined in quality, I really feel sorry for Matt Smith because he carried Doctor Who in the state it is now for 3 years and looking back was consistently putting in good performances along with Arthur Darvil (unsung hero!) who I wanted to see more than Karen Gillan who actually wasn't that good. Its just gotten so big and convoluted, even more so than the original series to the point you can't follow it because the series have over arching plots which don't explain anything, not a Stanley Kubrick don't explain anything, but a bad Stephen Moffat one. So its hard for people to follow. I think they have chosen Capaldi as the safe option, he's going to be well liked by the older fans and younger fans, and will be like Christopher Ecclestone. I still can't believe they didn't bother to take a punt on another unknown or ethnic minority, its 2013 for fucks sake. But to quote my mum "Its not really British to them is it?"
I would beg to differ about the British mentality. I will address your examples, James Bond or Sherlock Holmes, they were written as white males and to change this to "keep the coloured masses happy" is utter shite. Why should the race of characters introduced many many moons ago be changed? Let's make SHAFT a scrawny Jewish teenager in that case. The Dr is a seperate entity as his regenerations are not set in stone, he could become a she or black or even an alien and it wouldn't make the slightest bit of difference. Assuming the British people haven't got the mentality to accept coloured heroes because of one company (warhammer) is belittling the whole country as racists which I would argue is wrong. I am not saying we don't have race issues, clearly we do but so does nearly every country in the world. As a spokesperson on here for the Brits I HEREBY ALLOW A BLACK DR WHO but this is wasted now anyway as Capaldi should be the last regeneration according to the cannon (unless the cunts that write this shite are going to ignore this to keep milking it)
Actually, we have one more. Time Lords get 12 regenerations, which means 13 bodies. He has one last one. And if I came across and labelling all brits racist, then that was not the intent. I think it is more a 'need to maintain the status quo'. Of late, here in the US, even established characters are considered fluid. People seem to have no problem taking someone that has ALWAYS been white, asian or black and switching them around. Just look at the Johnny Storm debates. Do not doubt for a minute someone WOULD make Shaft a scrawny jewish kid...especially if Woody Allen ever writes it. Personally, I wish they would go full alien but...ehh, it'll never happen, especially with Moffet.
However, in some companies I do see a very strong trend not to buck the look. Games Workshop is one and by far not the only one. Also, no one has EVER established the rules behind regenerations. The Master has had at least 15 so far, and while one was hinted at being a male once and a female next, it's only a hint. They have a certain image and style to project, and right now production is in love with the idea of the Doctor as a sexual creature. Since Moffet has no ability to write decent female characters, we already knew there would never be a female Doctor. As for a black one...I wanted it, but knew they would never go for it.
Sticking with the notion that since Dr Who is British they'd have to cast a british actor to play him, so as far as the black aspect if I'm really honest the only one I can think of would be Idris Elba and that opens up a whole discussion of it's own. Danny John Jules might be able to pull it off but I've never really seen a serious side of his acting. If you have any suggestions on this matter feel free to add them.
That's my feeling as well. Moffat better step up his game.
Can I add, the fact they have gone for a really safe option in Capaldi, do you think they slightly regret bringing in Smith? Because he didn't look like he wanted to leave, maybe there has been some kind of Colin Baker type problems, and Matt Smith is being replaced when he really doesn't want to like what happened to Colin. But there's always that big group of mindless who fans who will just soak it all up, Cyrus is one of them, never heard him say one bad thing about Doctor Who, not even one slight criticism!
It means fuck the fuck off!
While I share the view that Smith's run hasn't really been a highlight of the series, I do have a slight problem with placing the blame entirely at Moffat's feet. The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, Woman in the Fireplace, Blink, Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead......It's not like he can't do some good stories.
I think that what really did HURT Moffat was the attempt to focus on Doctor Who AND Sherlock at the same time. Sorry Moffat, no matter how creative you may be..... putting focus on 2 shows at once is a good way to bring at least one of them down if not both. Moffat may be a good "writer", but when it comes to producing? Well, there may have been too many pokers in the fire to keep everything burning on high.
Here's what has me worried about the news is that they are saying Capaldi's only going to do one season. Which wouldn't worry me too much if it wasn't for the fact there is a few thing going on behind the scenes that are happening at the same time. Moffat's not saying one way or another if he's hanging around much longer, there are reports of BBC/American company cross-over in the production side to help with costs, 1hr format limiting the scope of stories, new Doctor, new companion (if there is one).....I don't know. This "new season" might end up being a lot like Tennant's ending where the stories were mostly "made-for-tv-movies" until things get ironed out on the production side. Which might not be a BAD thing, but it does make me worry about how I will end up viewing the whole of Smith's run and the transition that happens afterward.
That's the thing, he's just a safe option to try and get the show the way they want it to be because of the problems of the Matt Smith run. They seem to be really regretting casting him, otherwise they would have gone for an even bigger off kilter casting choice. The BBC don't want to take risks and clearly want to get the quality and the viewing back to the David Tennant levels. Problem is, like how Peter Davidson and Colin Baker are good actors they were not Tom Baker, just like How Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi are not David Tennant. This is just for ratings, they want to get back the heights of David Tennant, which towards the end began to suffer what Matt would ultimately have in his run. If you look at his body language he really didn't want to leave, which suggests he may have been forced out of the role,