I stopped watching when Tom Baker finished, and I was growing out it by then, they should have maybe dumped it then.
By all accounts, though I never saw them, it was pretty shit in the 80's, with the already small budgets going the same way as viewing figures, down year on year.
However, every year since 1989, the most complaints to the BBC, every year, no matter what else is happening, is about Dr Who getting axed.
Never saw the one off in 96, apparently too mid Atlantic, Dr Who should always be a uniquely British take of Sci Fi, as it was at it's best.
As a child in the 70's, Dr Who was disturbing stuff alright, by making the mundane seem threatening, like tonight when they resurrected the Autons (SP?), now of course they have much better technology and a decent budget.
I think Eccelston was good, as was Billie (be fair, she's already received acting plaudits for a chaucher play update and a dark one off play about being brought up in care), She was good, yeah she's partly eye candy, but I've never really fancied her, really!
Russell Davis is a top notch writer, (quote; 'The Daleks will be able to fly like bastards'), which how Ecceleston got on board, he has to set a lot up in the first episode and it's still really a kids show, (with plenty including in jokes for adults too), I thought it was fast paced and well done, though one British based American critic moaned 'it won't travel'.
Who's sick of hearing that? Won't travel? Good, if the result is to pander to middle America, which let's face it, is getting so far away from us culturally it will soon be easier to sell programmes to Iran!
(Though I suspect BBC America will do good business with Dr Who at their core, targeted audience).