Wow. I don't really _mean_ for my random rants to keep "starting" whole "new" topics like this, all the time. I'm sorry. I never MEAN to wander that far off, and really, just intend to bring up the one thing for a while, then go back to the main subject. But it seems that's rather stricter around here than I realised...
Well...I dunno. I just really don't like how _convenient_ and cheap it is. It still to me just SCREAMS Deux Ex Machina, and you know, you're not supposed to really use those anymore.
Now, the screwdriver is also _sort_ of a wonder-gadget, but at least the Doctor has to _do_ something to use it. It tends to take a little time, and not always work just right, and "HURRY DOCTOR THEY'RE BREAKING DOWN THE DOOR!" Also, I've always felt it just somehow..._went_ with his image. A solid, quirky metal gadget has this nice feel of...eccentric inventor. Tinkering away with things, an insatiably curious "I wonder what THIS button does?" genius who can get AMAZING results, but not until after he's lost his eyebrows a few times.
What kind of colourful character image does _paper_ give one, as a prop? Not much. It's just paper.
And also, like I said...I just have an easier time suspending my disbelief for certain types of advanced technology, and not others. I can _believe_ that a little metal piece of machinery with complcated working parts can do a lot of different things, on different settings. But paper is...paper. I'm sorry but I just can't stop seeing it as purely a cheap cop-out. They didn't even bother to have him magicing his way past with an _interesting_ looking prop.
Now, I know the old series had plenty of faults too, and there _are_ things in there that made me go "WHAT?!" and have to accept it because "it just is" and move on, still confused/annoyed about the ending, but....something _this_ stupid, right in episode ONE...well you can see how that would've left a sour taste in my mouth.
I mean, one thing you can say for Six: As bad as "Timelash" was (and it was, it WAS...), at least he never had any bloody psychic paper...!
Another thing (and _please_ don't start a whole new topic for this, guys) is that I just don't like how...I don't know how to describe it...they seemed to, when you compare the old series to the new, be trying to make the Doctor...I dunno. Too cool? It...
Anyway the psychic paper...and on a related theme, now that I've seen the original I think it's absolutely HORRIBLE that the TARDIS now actually _does_ go where he wants it to go. What...WHAT...?! Are you _kidding_ me? He's supposed to be a powerful but _fallible_ DORK, who _talks_ big, but then messes up and gets laughed at by his Companion! How can it possibly be _Who_ without bragging about how great it is on the Eye of Orion/Metabellius 3/Risa/whatever and then ending up on a post-apocalyptic moonbase, HOW?
It..it feels like they've taken another part of the show's _soul_. Taken another thing that used to be wild and fun and..._tamed_ it. The Doctor doesn't follow orders...his time machine shouldn't either!
It takes away the REAL uncertainty. The Doctor and his Companion aren't truly _lost_ in the great unknown--the Companion not knowing if she'll EVER see her family again. Instead, he's the Cool, Powerful, Commanding, Guardian Angel who can show her the stars!--and then back by teatime (barring, ya know, deaths). No wonder Rose fell in love with the Doctor. She was on a freaking JOY RIDE compared to what all the others had to go through! Wild adventures with this nice, safe feeling in the back of her mind the whole time that she _could_ go home any time she likes...and DOES. A fun little tra-la. A jaunt. She felt safer and was more _free_ to develop feelings...rather than always being just a little on edge towards the person who GOT her lost this way in the first place...!
(And the other modern Companions, too. I know I keep picking on Rose, but...)
Put it this way: It's supposed to be kind of a sacrifice, signing on as a TARDIS passenger. At least temporarily. A _trade-off_. It's supposed to MEAN something, supposed to mean a _choice_ between having your safer, but mundane life--or a more interesting one that you might _never_ come back from. It loses all drama and...
Look--you can't have legs and your handsome Prince...AND your sisters and lovely voice, under the sea, at the same time! It DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.
Anyway, the psychic paper is another part of that too easy, God-mode, way too cool thing goin' on. The TARDIS goes where he wants it to and this time, it really, actually, DOES--which is just _wrong_...AND he can breeze past things with a prop so easy, the series' _makers_ didn't have to put in any work either! Oy.
Those two things together PLUS canon fangirling? REALLY doesn't sit well with me. (And, ya know, women (and possibly some men) fell for the powerful but dorky version of the Doctor like CRAZY, in the old days...)
While I'm at it, it never occurred to me that the TARDIS had _internal_ Chameleon Circuits, though I guess it could. I still really balk at the "wallpaper" idea, however, no matter HOW it's worded. It's another thing that makes me roll my eyes and say: "I DON'T think so."
Again, I don't like things being TOO easy--advanced, sure, but with problems--also, I rather like the idea of the Doctor physically redecorating, at least a bit, more. Whistling as he brings another chair into the room, then stands up straight with a toothy grin and says (to the Companion) "There! Perfect." "If you _say_ so..." she says, looking around at the odd mismatching furniture. (Why did I just picture Five, specifically, in this scene..?)
I dunno, isn't there just something kinda _fun_ about him carting things around different rooms and blowing the dust off them from "storage"? I think there is.
Anyway. Bottom line: Psychic paper is _still_ stupid, it's a part of the "continuity" that I am Not Acknowledging in my own interpretation of the Who universe, films at eleven.
Mind you, I DO toss out a lot of bits of the classic series that don't jibe with each other, as well...
Okay. I PROMISE I'm shutting up now. Really.