Ridiculously poor character choice is what has made the Doctor Who line flounder. Instead of the cool looking aliens, or the wanted companions (Seriously, no Rory?) we get the really lame looking ones from weak episodes.
The Rory figure has been out for quite awhile now.
As far as the overall 3.75-inch line, yes, it's being panned by most folks who preferred the 5-inch line, but I do think there's some economics involved (perhaps to keep rising costs down and to lure in more than just adult collectors).
NECA should be the company that's in charge of designing and making 6" and 12" Star Wars figures. They'd cost more - in some cases, probably a lot more - but the attention to minute details just eclipses most of what Hasbro has accomplished with their lines over the years and then some.
I know these are more along the lines of adult collectibles not designed to be in the hands of little kids and Hasbro as a global toy giant makes, you know, items that children can play with no matter how good and sophisticated they look, but the Big H can learn a thing or two from NECA, Sideshow, Art Asylum and other manufacturers over the years.
IMO, it's an issue of different strategies or catering to different markets. Unlike the smaller companies which may dabble a little
in the retail market, Hasbro does most
of its business in there. Retailers really don't like very expensive high-end toys on their shelves because they tend not to sell very well. It's easier to move them in specialty shops and online stores (in limited production runs) because they cater to the smaller customer base willing to shell out big bucks for toys.
Remember the lavishly articulated 2001-02 Enterprise figures that were so good looking that they resembled miniature Scott Bakulas, Jolene Blalocks and Dominic Keatings that were put inside clear plastic toy packaging to hang on store pegs? Those weren't adult collectibles aimed solely at boys and girls 18 and older, they were sold in the boys' action figure aisles of chains like Toys 'R' Us right next to goofy little toys from cartoons and animated films. If Art Asylum could almost perfectly nail the faces, proportions and costumes of Scott Bakula and John Billingsley over a decade ago I don't know how other toy companies can't do the same now and have trouble even getting hair color and skin tones right.
I remember reading somewhere
that nearly destroyed Art Asylum or, at the very least, it wasn't a good business move for them and forced them to ultimately go back to being a studio-for-hire for other toy companies like Diamond Select.