Written on: 06/08/2006 by blueroseuk (1 review written)
The very first few episodes of Doctor Who in the early sixties, I find to be very slow moving. Good story lines yes, but it takes ages for something to happen. However, this problem is overcome quickly from here, and Doctor Who was arguably at its best until the mid-Tom Baker years (near the end of the seventies), although good episodes do occur in this period, to the end of the eighties, Doctor Who becomes silly. The show writers are weaker, and humour is attempted, but it more often than not falls flat on its face. This is why it was taken off the air. Back in the day children were scared by this show, but modern children will generally, not be.
The Film in 1996 was Americanised, and in my opinion, not very good. However, from this point on, Doctor Who becomes high budget - no more of the cheap effects that it was known for. For some this is good, for others it takes away the certain charm it had.
The New Series has a much faster pace, and in my opinion, this does not allow enough time for characters to be developed, so when non-main characters die, you don't really care. It is very slick and well done, but it differs from the old series, in that the Doctor is no longer a grandfather figure, and now romantic tension has been brought in. Also, it deals with the assistants personal lives and background much more. One thing I really don't like about the new series is that the Doctor is treated almost as if he is a God, which is rather silly. They should at least make it difficult for him!