It seems to me that the revitalised Dr Who had a distinctive combination of qualities which attracted a wide audience.
- There was lots of simple to understand adventure - attractive and accessible to primary school aged children.
- Many of the episodes were genuinely frightening - attractive and cool to a teenage audience.
- The relationships and story arcs carried a real emotional load - keeping the attention of adults.
So - why do the recent episodes of Dr Who seem to be cutting out the aspects that gave it such broad appeal? Yesterday's episode, Planet of the Dead, was not frightening. There goes the teen audience. The emotional story arc was slight to non-existent. Adults make excuses and leave the room. That leaves the young children who, I must assume, are the audience the screenwriters have chosen to target.
I take it this move towards a re-narrowing of the audience must be a conscious choice by the screenwriters. But I don't understand why. Last night's episode looks particularly flat when compared to classic episodes such as Blink.
Having said all the above, this is hugely subjective and I fully expect there will be many people out there who loved it.