All true, feline1. I am also a big fan of Bidmead's tenure. I waffled and was rather pompous in my original post - although, in my defense, it was past midnight when I posted!feline1 wrote: Huh? It was cancelled because it was sh1t, and was getting made for John Nathan-Turner, a tasteless loon
who enjoyed casting Hale & Pace, Ken Dodd, Bonnie Langford, and making Colin Baker wear a clown's outfit. And getting Keff McCullough to do the music.
I think the last time it was "written for me" was probably when Chris Bidmead gave us Warrior's Gate, Logopolis, Castrovalva et al.
When I referred to "you or me" I meant Fandom in general. We are, after all, a tiny percentage of Doctor Who's total audience. No more than tens of people with a BARB box.
I would add, however, that from from season 20 onwards JN-T effectively made the show for what, I guess, would now be called the "Squee" brigade. An example of this is "Attack of the Cybermen" (sorry, Ian) - a direct sequel to a (then) 20 year-old story that wasn't even in the archive when "Attack" was transmitted!
For all his faults, I believe RTD made the show he wanted to, and it was one that was never insular in the way that 80's "Who" was. I didn't rate it, but I also appreciate the gems within it.
By the same token, I believe Moffat is making the show that he wants to. There will be duff episodes, but hopefully more good than bad. Certainly one would hope that a "US vs. THEM" attitude doesn't develop within Fandom, 'cos it was it was really, really depressing the first time round.
I don't think that "Doctor Who" is going run for another 26 years; no, I suspect the model will be three seasons > Specials > New Doctor. But it's not going to go anywhere soon, either. It took seven years of getting progressively worse to finish it off the last time.
But I still rate "Ghost Light", dammit!
I'll start to worry when they announce "The Return of Magnus Greel" as the main story arc of a season, and not because "Victory of the Daleks" was a below average episode