Just watched through Series 5. At this point are we still warning for spoilers? Well, just in case:
Anyways I didn't like Series 5 as much as I'd liked the previous series. Now let me disclaim that I'd never seen any Who prior to Eccleston's run, so I have no frame of reference, and I understand that this Series is a throwback to ealier Who periods.
That being said, from seeing Series' 1-4, I'm used to Doctor Who being so damn epic. It's typical to see him fighting issues that have the whole planet's attention. I mean we've seen various Prime Ministers involved, a US President getting killed, multiple planetary invasion attempts, and even having the entire damn planet (amongst others!) being stolen in effort to collapse all universes. The scale of the show has always impressed me.
Now THAT being said, it's really tough to see this series of Who and seeing only a few characters involved in the stories at a time. Both two-parters each only have a small handful of characters, even though the implications are as great (affecting the whole planet), the stories still feel little because there only seem to be a few people whom are actually aware of the situation. It really raises the stakes to show scores of people running in terror and hoping somebody will save them.
The foreboding doom didn't wonk me over the head like the previous ones had. These were too obvious. Regardless of whatever plot was going on, there was just a crack in the wall shot at the end of every episode, and it was obvious the entire time. Previously the ties were either hiddon (Saxon) or obscure (Bad Wolf), so it made repeated viewings more valuable because you could pick apart the clues.
I liked Amy Pond, but she didn't have the presence that Rose or Donna had. Frankly her best quality was that she was so damn hot. But I find it interesting that Series 6 will be the first time that the same Doctor & companion BOTH return together, so this will probably prove to be a good opportunity to develop their relationship.
But I probably just need to watch the series a few more times to see it in perspective and try not to compare it to what I've seen. Scale wasn't the focus of this series and this is doing things to try to differ itself. I mean Amy is from a little village, as opposed to Rose/Martha/Donna coming from London, and The Doctor's interacting with her was on a much more personal level than the rest had been. The finale was suitable to the series, while still remaining epic and it did a lot with the time element.
And River Song is truly intriguing, and I love that he keeps meeting her out of order. From her appearance in Series 4, I figured he met her at the end of her life then was going to meet her younger in regular time as a companion, but it looks like they're going to play with time with her, which is what Who does best.
+1. this is very interesting.