The first thing that occurs is how difficult it is to consider this one season and not two: not only did the season get split over two years - six episodes in 2012, eight in 2013 - but each half felt completely different thanks to the change in companions. In many ways the five 2012 episodes leading up to the departure of Amy and Rory felt like an add-on to 2011's Season 6, and Season 7 only really got started with "The Snowmen" on Christmas Day. Couple that with the six-month delay from when we expected Season 7 to start (Easter 2012) to when it did start (September 2012), and the overwhelming feeling I've developed is that Doctor Who has lost a lot of momentum. Seasons 5 and 6 seemed to rattle on from one to the other, with the developing story of the Silence and attempts to kill the Doctor, and then-
Quite frankly not a lot. There was a continuing story arc to Season 7 but it felt disconnected from Seasons 5 and 6. It's somewhat like the James Bond films in recent years, where a continuing storyline developed in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and just when you'd expect the narrative would come to a rousing conclusion in Skyfall it all gets ignored for some guff about a rogue agent with a mother fixation.
At some point Steven Moffat needs to sit down and work out a cohesive, sensible climax to everything he's been writing over the past three seasons. Who are the Silence? What were they trying to prevent the Doctor from doing? What actually happens at Trenzalore? At the moment it's all feeling more than a little woolly. The ideas make sense, but the stuff that links them all together seems to be missing.
- "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
- "The Angels Take Manhattan"
- "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"
- "The Name of the Doctor"
Now the wait for 23 November, and the 50th anniversary special, can begin, and after that another Christmas special and then Season 8 some time in 2014.