THIS. I couldn't agree more. These stories all have great ideas or innovations, but fall flat for precisely those reasons for me too. This 100% elevates Smith and Capaldi's eras for me regardless of the odd dodgy episode; My friends who got into Smith and tried to watch S11 & 12 took the show to task by saying they knew more about Amy, Rory, Clara or even Bill than Ryan or Yaz. And in Bill's case they've had twice as long to know Ryan, Yaz, and Graham. (One actually said to me "Wait they might leave? They haven't really done anything." In terms of character growth/arc, she's not entirely wrong.) In fact, one noted Series 12 to them was like a full year of the "Impossible Girl" arc: a decent 'twist' that executes at the expense of character development. (I don't entirely agree but I admit the lacking characterization does have similarities)SJF wrote: ↑Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:32 amI feel like the Whittaker era so far has been consistently stronger in terms of individual stories, but it completely falls flat on character arcs/development and any kind of story arc.
Like we’ve got stories such as Rosa, Demons of the Punjab, It Takes You Away, Can You Hear Me? and The Haunting of Villa Diodati which would all probably be absolute classics if they appeared in any other era but because the main characters are so generic it makes it more difficult to connect to the story.
Other relevant comments from those friends:
(Orphan 55) "This is supposed to be scary? Ryan looks hungry."
(Jack comes back, episode ends) "What was he even for?"
(TARDIS reveal in "Judoon") "OMG, did the Doctor's timeline get rewritten? Is this a parallel earth?" (In retrospect, both would've made more sense at this point.)
(Graham gets lost in 'Villa') "Is he going to end up in a ventilation shaft too?" (I couldn't STOP laughing at that comment)
And - Someone commented this; Is it actually confirmed the Sea Devils were removed from "Praxeus"? Cause there's definitely a void left regardless of them being involved or no.