Doctor Who has _always_ had a humanism vibe about it. For me, current regeneration is in fact very much IDENTICAL to all the prior regenerations:
Always has humans around. Doctor doesn’t like Doctor when Doctor is away from humans for too long.
Humanism. A celebration of that vague quality is what Doctor Who is always about.
Not a problem at all. Strong human companions are not new to the show.
Peter Davidson. My first major Doctor. His Doctor quite often highlighted the companions. Long segments would go by without seeing the Doctor at all.
Tom Baker was a quirky superhero. Davidson was almost an non-hero and Colin Baker, not a hero at all. I always suspected the Master’s laugh at the end of 5 meant he infected the Doctor somewhat but I never saw that explored so I abandoned that notion.
I was raised on classic Doctor Who. The current Doctor is on par with classic Doctor Who.
It’s not Stephen Moffett level. It’s more K9 and company or Sarah Jane Adventures BUT it’s perfectly in line with Doctor Who.
I don’t expect Doctor Who to be a blockbuster movie. I expect short stories with a little message for the viewer. That’s what I’m getting.
You’re probably more into it than me. I was always casual. I was proud in the 80s of NOT being a “Whovian”. Never had a scarf. I had one Doctor Who calendar. I never did audiobooks. I caught up on missing episodes but couldn’t get myself to watch the animated ones. I tried, not my thing.
But a few things always drew me in for life:
a) Time travel
c) Doctor being the same-but-also-always-changing.
d) What can I take away from this episode that I can use?
That’s it. That’s me. We all have reasons to watch. But I never understood and still don’t understand the politics among viewers. Who is best? Who is better? Which episode is awful?
Never did that stuff. Still don’t.
always spoke to me. The Doctor is my favorite Ship of Theseus.
You like nitpicking. That’s fine. Not my thing.