(small spoilers ahead)
There's a lot that can be said about the old Doctor Who(s): cheesy story lines, silly special effects, barely-scary baddies... and give me a few hours and I'll say way too much about it. For now I just want to talk about the misogyny, which is unmissable. The Doctor is a cheeky cocksure playboy who is more than a little dismissive towards his female companions, most of whom fit an insulting stereotype: the girl-next-door, the harpy... and all of them eye-candy.
It's a kind of relationship -- a non-sexual friendship between an man and a woman -- that is very real, and very important, but not one that gets portrayed much in fiction. Or if it is, one of them is probably gay, or both of them are pre-adolescents. But here are two adults -- 40 and 903 -- from different planets, and different sexes -- and why are they traveling the universe in a blue box? Is it to wind out some sexual tension? No: it's because they want to have fun, skirt danger, and free some enslaved races. Awesome.