Multiple problems. When I was a young warthog, the Doctor Who I fell in love with was very, very children friendly. Like, not necessarily catered to kids, but Doctor Who literally raised an entire generation of kids in the UK (ask any actor who grew up in the 70s in the UK what show they watched that made them want to act, they will say a Doctor Who), and my dad was one of them, and he wanted to pass that joy on to me. It was a great show for children, it was awe inspiring and wonder filled, the monsters were just scary enough to make you love it, it gave you hope that one day you too could join the Doctor on some crazy adventure. The original reboot very much payed homage to that. Its a bit corny, yes, but endearing, it doesn’t pander to kids, but it’s whimsical and inspiring. All of the Doctors companions are just normal people living normal lives, nothing special to make them these weird “impossible girl” characters. Rose Tyler was a ne’er do well 19 year old who was raised by a single mom and worked in a shop because she had no A levels and never went to uni. Mickey was her mechanic boyfriend. Martha was a med student with a fractured family who made her feel inadequate despite her brilliancy, Donna was a loud mouthed temp from Chiswick who lived with her mom and grandfather, and literally felt her only merit worth note was the speed of her typing. They were normal people. The closest to “special” was Jack, and Jack was a mainly a con man with a heart of gold, sure from a different century, but when we first met him, he wasn’t nearly as extraordinary as he later became (and the Doctor even didn’t want to travel with him because of it, remember that? Well, not you anon, you don’t watch the show). Basically, they were us, and in a way, that added to the fantasy, because what was to say the Doctor wouldn’t pick you up, and find you brilliant for just being you? Then Moffat took over, and literally immediately, things took a dive into “edgy” land. Since I don’t want to pin this entirely on Moffat, as much as I dislike what he has done with the show, his takeover coincided with the BBC realizing that their show was marketable outside of the UK. Doctor Who used to be a show you watched on PBS, much like Downton Abbey is now, it wasn’t in the US to make money. Anyways, once it started being marketed to Americans, things took a definite shift. Production value became slicker, themes became darker, plots became more sensationalized for the sake of it it. And it lost the charm. Like, cool, I’m all for shows evolving, and Lord knows that Doctor Who has evolved in the 50 years it’s been around, but the charm was the constant that MADE it Doctor Who. Now, it’s the same as any other over sensationalized pile of garbage you can see on any other channel. Sorry, I know there are those who feel otherwise, but I’m saying this not only as a fan, but a budding screenwriter. Moffats show running has taken the show into a place that I can no longer endorse. It’s misogynistic, racy for the sake of being racy, they hype up plot points with no real payoff, the twists are weak and are reminiscent of bad fan fiction tropes (and his entire plot with River is LITERALLY based on his fan fiction headcanon from his youth), it has no sense of history and cohesiveness compared to the way RTD wrote the show, the world it exists in seems completely disconnected from our own, and my main beef? The companions aren’t us anymore. They aren’t ne’er do wells and normal people, they’re all these “special” one dimensional characters, because Moffat can’t seem to write a woman whose being a trope isn’t their only reason anyone would find them interesting. Mainly because he honestly believes women aren’t interesting at face value, I think. But yeah, that’s my problem with Doctor Who. Or at least some of them, there are others who have articulated this better than me.