You, sir, name? wrote:From what I understand, [the sonic screwdriver] was killed off specifically -because- it led to such sloppy writing. Good riddance. One can only hope that coin eventually trickles down with the current producers as well. You know, maybe like if they tried actually watching some old episodes instead of relying on the highly mutated memories of doctor who from their childhood.
There are some aspects of the classic series that seem like they are just gone and won't be coming back due to the nature of modern television. For one, it seems that having an "older" Doctor won't ever happen again, due to the rigors of filming schedules these days. Another thing that I think are gone are slow-paced establishing scenes that were a staple of the classic series. While I agree that the classic series could drag on and on at times, the current show is too much in the other direction.
As part of the "speeding-up," it seems that the Doctor and his companions need to be able to get out of jams quickly. If you only have 42 minutes per story, you only have so much time which can be used by having the Doctor trapped in a cell or cuffed to a heater*. Thus, unless the series moves back to serials, where stories could be 100 minutes on average and the characters could spend more time locked up without slowing down the story, some device, whether it be the sonic screwdriver or something else, is necessary to keep the stories moving along.
I also miss the days when the Doctor didn't have all the information in the universe at his fingertips. I miss him having no idea what was going on and trying to work out the situation. Some episodes try to have that occasionally these days but only at first, with the Doctor again being the best in the room after a few moments of getting up to speed. Again, this seems part of the "speeding-up," as there just isn't time for the Doctor to be completely lost and then try to deduce things anymore.
* Or trying to search for the information that is the key to whatever is going on. Still, using a screwdriver to search a computer seems strange, no matter how "sonic" it is.
"There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes." - The Fourth Doctor, Doctor Who