1)Want to be clear I was not implying that buying a premium ship unlocks the tech tree ship at that tier. I was saying that people grinding on the UK battleship line who wanted the KGV but didn't want to go through the QE(which is not exactly the most desirable ship) could just get the DOY as an alternative to the KGV. Monarch at T8 is another undesirable ship. For the history buffs on here the last real ship in the UK line is at T7, while the other lines all have historical ships at higher tiers.
2)I like LWM's typical reviews and they are normally pretty right on, but this one I felt was just really negative without good reason. I didn't know her review was based on an inferior version, I guess that would explain a lot.
3)I agree 100% here. I get WG putting in fake ships if they don't have real ones, but there was no reason for them to omit the Vanguard here, as after KGV they use a fake ship and two Lion class paper ships in two different tiers. There was room and they chose not to use her. I get making premiums with the extra ships that don't fit on your line, but the UK already has enough good premium idea's, heck we've only gotten 1 battlecruiser so far, there's a ton of potential there for T5 and T6 premiums. This isn't even counting other potential UK BB premiums like Royal Sovereign and the original Dreadnought herself!
In terms of POW, something I think is possible is they might be planning to make POW stronger than KGV so they made DOY somewhat weaker. Yeah I don't think they'll make a second KGV class premium without some considerable differences. That being said it's only a matter of time before they come out with it, seeing it's historical importance and their ability to market it using the Hood battle. Once all four ships exist in the game, they'll be able to make custom missions and do all sorts of cool things. Duke of York was similarly released because of the Scharnhorst duel and on the website there is a Scharnhorst/DOY package that is advertised with a line going something like "why not get both at once".