(Like yesterday’s blog, this is inspired by Sherlock – although there are no spoilers this time.)
Do you ever become disinterested or apathetic towards something that you once loved? I’ve found that happening with me recently and more often than not it’s towards TV shows.
I’ve watched and enjoyed Doctor Who since it returned to our screens in 2005. Christopher Eccleston was my first Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler was my first companion. Rose has continued to be my favourite companion (followed by Donna Noble and Sally Sparrow) and David Tennant became my favourite Doctor almost as soon as he appeared on the screen – that’s not saying I didn’t like Christopher Eccleston, he’ll always have a special place in my heart for bringing Doctor Who to my attention.
However over recent years and series I’ve found myself watching Doctor Who out of habit rather than interest or enjoyment. First I thought it was because of Matt Smith as the Doctor but while his take is certainly different to the ones I’m used to I don’t think it’s that bad. After much thought I think I’ve found the reason for my disinterest – the stories. I just don’t like them anymore. They are often convoluted and full of plot holes and the story arc is usually huge and incomprehensible the first time you watch it. I miss the subtle stories arcs of “Bad Wolf” and “Torchwood”. But even though I am now quite apathetic towards the show I still watch it. I am looking forward to Peter Capaldi as the Doctor but a new Doctor most probably won’t change the writers need for huge convoluted stories where there’s no “ordinary female character” – they must all be “special and impossible and in love with the Doctor”.
But like I said I’m sure when it appears on my TV screen again I’ll be watching it. I’ve found that I was kind of the same with Sherlock. I really enjoyed the first two series but with the third just finished I felt that I was watching it because it was on and not because I really wanted to. I’m not sure if my feelings towards Sherlock was due to the fact it had been off air for two years so my love for the show had waned over time or if it was again due to the stories. I’ve ended up just watching a show out of habit before with Heroes.
I do know that I have a relatively short attention span when it comes to TV shows. I find it difficult to keep up when I’m at Uni and have to remember to watch the show on iPlayer and if it’s an American show I tend to just wait for the UK air date as finding a streaming site that isn’t blocked by the University can take forever. Case in point Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – I’m probably going to be waiting till it’s back on Channel 4 in March to continue watching it. I think sometimes with TV shows that have been on air for a while you have X amount of series with between 13 – 24 episodes to watch and that’s quite daunting when you can watch a film in two hours or just sit and read a book for a while.
I do feel a bit sad that I don’t love something like a TV show as much as I once did but I suppose it’s all a part of growing up and how our tastes and interests change. But for some reason I feel as if I should keep watching even if I don’t love it so much – maybe it’s because I think it might go back to what I loved or maybe (and this is most likely) it is just habit.