Mr Light wrote:
If it had been done in five episodes it would have been great. But it was just too stretched out with too much time wasting. They were trying to do a "24" but just did not have enough plot to justify it... and "24" was known for wheel-spinning!
The problem, as I see it, is that RTD didn't understand why Children of Earth
worked, so when he was asked to do something like CoE
but bigger, he didn't know how to do it.
From the little that The Writer's Tale
(second edition) covers the writing of Children of Earth
, it's clear that CoE
was a happy accident that worked in spite of RTD (who didn't have a clear vision of what he wanted to do and didn't understand how the story would work) and not because of him. Which is kind of ironic, in that I believe that CoE
is the best thing RTD
ever did in the Who
niverse and outclasses anything he did on the mothership.
So I think with Miracle Day
he was trying to emulate CoE
's success without understanding why it was successful.