Over the past few years I have regularly heard or read comments from folk who 'used to love Doctor Who as a kid' who now don't find it scary, or seem to expect it should be a work of Shakespeare or something. Everyone moans that the plots are too simple and easy to work out the twists - whilst ironically another person willl comment that they are confusing and make no sense. People moan about the monsters, the 'scares', and the dramatics.
What these people need to realise is that Doctor Who is a family show! That means that you should be able to comfortably sit with your whole family, youngsters included, and enjoy it together. Of course it isn't scary to you...you've grown up and watch the Saw films these days! But how about asking a kid their opinion?
Some comments posted online over the course of the recent run of 5 episodes....
"When did Daleks become so rubbish?"
Daleks have always been rubbish. Take a look at early Who, and even the prime era of Tom Baker, and see how slow moving and daft they looked then. At least now they can climb stairs (well, fly) which, in my opinion, actually makes them a more deadly opponent than they were in the past. Now that comment came after the episode which wiped the Dalek databanks of any knowledge of The Doctor. If you want to blame anything for the weakness of Daleks in recent years, blame Russell T Davies who had them scared witless of The Doctor. By wiping memory of him, the Daleks now have nothing to fear, and will become the ever marching army of drones that we know and love. In fact, this whole run has been about wiping knowledge of The Doctor from all existence...back to mystery and thrills.
"...but Im now laughing at the Daleks, almost feel sorry for them. When I was younger I hid behind the settee!"
Yes, you were younger. Strange how when you are young you find things frightening, yet now you laugh at them. I guess when you pop on an old Jon Pertwee episode now you still jump behind the sofa? No? Well, I guess you are just a muppet then and are talking crap!
Anyway, seriously, did anyone really hide behind the sofa? I know I didn't. I would occasionally look away, or cover my eyes/ears (I used to be scared by the screech-sound that led into the theme music), but hide behind the sofa? Even back then our sofa sat against a wall, just like many other people's sofas did. How the bollocking heck do you hide IN A WALL!!
"I feel sorry for the probably many parents who had to explain things to younger viewers."
Look, just because you couldn't follow it doesn't mean no-one else did. Strangely my kids have never had any difficulty following it, and they are aged 10, 6 and 4. Yes, they may not get the intricacies of a story arc, but they get the general flow of an episode. The comment above was relating to the 'Slow Invasion' espisode with the cubes - not really a rocket-scientist plotline.
"I watched 2. Same conclusion. I've better things to do than watch such rubbish."
Like learning to use words instead of numbers perhaps? Sorry, but if you cannot type out a three letter word (too), then your opinon of the writing and story aspects of any work of fiction means jack-shit.
Doctor Who has always been fun, simple adventure for all the family. It has occasionally been great, and occasionally been poor. Monsters have always looked fake and un-threatening to adults, but to kids they are marvellous and genuinely scary creations. The story arcs have always been simple background material, with easy to spot clues, as the characters and the individual tales are what enthrals people.
Doctor Who hasn't become any less of a show than it used to be - you have grown up. Either acceopt that and allow your inner child to enjoy it, or move onto other things to watch.