SPOILERS for Let’s Kill Hitler: Very interesting review, which clarifies several points that have been bothering me about Moff-era Who, although I don’t agree with all of it.
I am however very much reaching the stage where I’m mainly watching it for the sheer joy of appreciating Matt Smith’s acting skills, even when the writing gives him little to work with except inconsistencies. I relish other performances as well (especially Alex Kingston) but again it’s despite the writing, and that’s not because the writing isn’t intricately clever and satisfying on a puzzle-solving level alongside its twists and thrills (that’s its major strength), but it just seems to lack both heart and perspective.
Admiring the Moff’s talents generally as I do, I’m willing him to have something hiding up his sleeve to win me back onside with an epic oh-so-that’s-what-was-happening revelation, but that’s (a) gonna need to be really, really, really huge; and (b) deep down still not quite as satisfying as just having more heart and perspective in each week’s episode. Pleasepleaseplease – don’t fuck it up.
BONUS: non-spoiler link (via above review) to this genius Kate Beaton webcomic on Strong Female Characters