I feel the need to publicly declare it: I’m no longer watching Doctor Who. Admittedly, I was late getting into the show having only started watching in 2011. Maybe I wasn’t sufficiently invested to begin with, I don’t know.
Of the current series, I only watched the first episode and that was over a week ago. After it was over, my response was akin to, “Eh, whatever.” I’m not going to get all detailed about my problems with the show in the past few years beyond saying I just don’t think the stories have been very interesting and I’ve found it more and more difficult to care about any of the characters.
Yeah, I guess there have been some complaints about how much the show caters to SJW sensibilities, but it’s never bugged me before. Although I will admit that I probably would’ve quit anyway when (not if) they finally decide to have the Doctor be a female for a series or two. That would be a bridge too far.
But no, I’m just not interested anymore.
It’s a sad experience for me, as a sci-fi nerd, whenever I depart a fandom. It’s not something I do lightly either. The most beloved multiverse of my life is the Transformers. To get an idea of how loyal I am to that franchise, understand that I paid to see each of those horrible Michael Bay movies in the theatre. This is from a guy who only goes to the movies maybe once or twice a year. After the last one (I can’t even remember what the fuck it was called now), I firmly decided that I was done with that series.
They’re so terrible that I have never even re-watched any one of them. Somebody bought me one of them for Christmas one year and I eventually donated it to a thrift store after letting it sit on a shelf for several months with the plastic still on it. Thankfully, I can still watch Transformers: Prime on Netflix. Or Transformers: Netflix on Prime. Whatever it is.
One show that I came really close to quitting, decided not to, and then ultimately wished I had was the 2004 Battlestar Galactica. It was great for the first two seasons but there was a sense that something was going wrong early in the third. I stuck with it because I really liked all of the characters and I wanted to see what was going to happen to them. My loyalty was not rewarded in the end. That finale…sheesh. Sloppy and rushed story. Crap.
Ever since then, I’ve been far less hesitant to quit a fandom when it’s become a waste of time. Well, I should say: “when it’s become a bigger waste of time than something else I could be wasting my time on.” Other series I’ve abandoned include Terminator (didn’t even bother watching the third movie because Judgment Day was good enough) and Aliens (gave up halfway through the third movie and never looked back).
It makes me sad to know that Star Wars is eventually going to reach that same tired point. The signs are already there. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll make it through Episode 9. But there’s a good chance I’ll start skipping the “standalone” movies like Rogue One and the dozens of origin stories and all that Disney is lining up.
Anybody else have any fandom departures to share? Let’s call this Fanboys & Fangirls Anonymous. Tell me how and why you ended your abusive relationship with a particular film/comic/television show/book series/etc series that you soured on.