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Date: 2015-07-19 09:29 am (UTC)
I think the difference between something like Doctor Who and Babylon 5 is that it was very easy for Babylon 5 to have something related to the ongoing arc occurring in each episode, even if it was only a reminder of what the various factions and their motivations. While Doctor Who has tried various things from recurring words and phrases, to the Missy tags at the end of the episodes in the last season, I don't think those are nearly so successful in terms of building a general audience awareness of the setting and key players.

It was much easier to follow the arc of the Doctor's relationship with Amy and Rory for instance just because the major players are in nearly all the episodes.

I also think Moffat can be accused of failing to show enough of his working. Obviously, he's treading a fine line between hammering all his points home with a sledgehammer and leaving everything too opaque, but I think the fact that he had to explain so much post The Angels take Manhattan for instance, because it just wasn't there in the script. Similarly, even on second viewing, it wasn't clear that Amy re-remembering the universe in The Big Bang was intended to effectively wipe all the Davies era Earth invasions from history which, IIUC, was part of the point.
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