The Mirrorball Man wrote:
Actually, he was just updating the Doctor Who formula, in which the fantastic and the mundane cohabit in pretty much every story.
"The fantastic and the mundane cohabit" is one definition of science fiction in general, not just Doctor Who
. That's a given, and that's not my point. It's RTD's focus in his storytelling that's the problem. What he thought was important about certain characters, what he thought the audience would like and get into, wasn't necessarily true. And it took him a long time to realize it.
Superman stories don't need to be told through the eyes of Jimmy Olson in order for them to work.