Bro you make good points, but you /wrong/ about S4! My fundamental objection to Moffat: his companions are less like real ppl than RTD’s. I’m not an orphan model who’s childhood friends with the Doctor. I’m far more like a temp or shop worker.
I’m not wrong about series 4. There were four good episodes - “Silence in the Library”, “Forest of the Dead”, “Midnight” and “Turn Left” (which, in fairness, does represent about a third of the series, or a quarter if we count the 2009 specials) - but the rest was… well, it wasn’t great, was it? “Partners in Crime” remains the worst series premiere in the revived show’s history and, Donna’s fate aside, “The Stolen Earth”/”Journey’s End” is a sloppy, slapdash mess of a story that feels like badly-written fanfiction.
One of the things Moffat did with his companions, in particular Amy and Rory, that I really like, is that they weren’t London based. They came from a very small village with duck pond and a post office, and that’s different. That’s a side of England Doctor Who hadn’t shown before, and the one time it was shown in Torchwood it was full of homocidal maniacs. Amy and Rory felt, and continue to feel, like they had lives of their own, that they had stuff going on away from their adventures with the Doctor, even when they were living full-time in the TARDIS during series 6.
Clara took a while to come together because Moffat made the mistake of putting the mystery before the character, as opposed to the other way ‘round, but with certain developments in DotD, TotD and stuff that is rumored to be happening in series 8, it sounds like she’s starting to develop as a character a bit more. Which is nice.