SpANG, why is it insulting to tell the truth? The show IS targeted at a younger audiance (granted it is a teenage audiance now). The original show was targeted at young children originally (sorry to contradict you Ozone but it was) and quickly become darker. Indeed the death of the old show was set in the Colin Baker years when they tried to aim the show at a younger audiance again and the rating plummited so low that even when the show starting to climb back up the chaters in the 7th doctor era it wasn't enough to save it from the chopping block. I don't see why bringing up that fact suggests that we are insulting anyone.
I mean I like Hello Kitty for example and that certainly isn't targeted at my demographic. This fact in no way bothers me nor dimishes my apreciation for HK.
Now if you choose take issue with me over my distain for the supporting characters and often times weak plot lines well then I rise to the challange.
The new show has good episodes of course like The Girl in the Fire Place, Rose, Dalek, The Empty Child, & Blink (Sadly the doctor wasn't even really in that one).
But it has more and more constently had terrible episodes like The Lazarus Experiment, Gridlock, Fear Her, The Satan Pit & Father's Day.
Worse most of the storylines they've built up have been depressing flops (again with the exception of Doomsday) usually solved with virtually a wave of a hand.
Let me give you an example of what I'm getting at.
Now maybe you enjoyed the episode BUT at the end of last season the doctor “powers up” with the power of love like some 80s children special, they magically just undo everything with a flip of the button, defeats the master by calling his bluff that the Master will do anything to ensure his own survival then almost ten seconds later the Master commits suicide basically to spite the Doctor. To me that smacks of bad writting. And SOOOOO many episodes are like that it seems.
*Here Endith the SPOILER*
I just feel that the show has set itself up as far better then it has actually managed to deliver. Further it has become a soap opera always wasting time drawing in the assistant's family and her their ever flittery heart and that is just not what I'm looking for in Doctor Who (be it well written or poorly written).
You can after all still enjoy bad writting as an adult after and we frequently do. There is plenty of stuff people write off everday that is terrible writting ‘cause they are enjoying the ride. Alas the New Doctor who is just so chuck full of deplorable secondary characters that I just find it hard to ignore it when someone waves away a problem to end the episode. I admite I’d probably be much less harsh on the plots if the supporting cast wasn't always such a detraction from the series.
Oh and if you are talking about Human Nature I enjoyed it much more when it was a Seventh Doctor adventure
*That said he leaps onto his high horse and rides off into the sun set* High-Ho Silver away!