No, it's not about our lovely new Lady Doctor - I haven't seen her yet. But rewatching some Classic Who - particularly Hartnell, Pertwee, and Baker, I noticed a gigantic difference between Classic and Nu: The Doctor, and the storylines, are less...for lack of a better word...goofy? In Classic Who. Hartnell is basically like a weird mix of Yoda and Dumbledore but not in a goofy way. Like Yoda, he uses the appearance of great age to fool and outwit those who underestimate him and has wit and cleverness in spades. He's like a wizard both in his persona and in how he's portrayed. Pertwee is a military man, a man of action, but also of diplomacy. A man who has a hidden softness beneath his stern no-nonsense exterior. He cares, but doesn't show it. Tom Baker is eccentric, quirky but ultimately, when it comes down to it, serious as hell. You don't want to mess with Baker. He seems like this bohemian but he'll be your worst enemy. The stories are all treated with utmost seriousness but not to the point of self-indulgence. While NuWho has better effects and such, I just feel the Doctor has become sort of a meme. He's treated at times in a goofy way, particularly in Tennant's run. I feel like Smith is an attempt to emulate Hartnell and Baker that kind of falls flat. The storylines have this very odd, very silly goofyness to them (think of the Slitheen or Cassandra). So many plots are wrapped up in a happy way or just played for laughs. Like the whole Shakespeare episode, having Shakespeare flirt with Martha?? Or even like...Returning to so many old villains so often. Yes, Classic Who returned to the Daleks several times but they were always trying to invent new monsters. NuWho seems to just kill off the Daleks, kill off the Cybermen, kill off the Master...only for them to come back! Outside of the Weeping Angels and Silence there's no real new inventive, iconic baddies. There's nothing as ambitious or adventurous as say, The Web Planet or the Daemons. Also, outside of Donna, every companion has to be the Doctor's love interest? I mean, has a crush on him? You didn't see Sarah Jane Smith crushing on Jon Pertwee. The Doctor treated Vicki like his grandchild, which for him, she was very much a stand-in for. Classic Who's relationships between the Doctor and his assistants were that of true, complementary companions. Not lovesick fan girls with this handsome young Doctor. There's this odd power dynamic where The Doctor lords over his female companions because they're in love with him, or worst of all, he gets in the way of their real relationships (Ponds, anyone? Making Mickey the third wheel?) which makes him seem almost malicious and predatory. 9's run feels as close to the Classic Series as ever the new one gets. If it was a reboot I could understand but from the show's POV we're picking up where the 63-89 series left off. I just would like to discuss these issues and see where I can be enlightened and perhaps persuaded otherwise, and also to see if I am alone in this.