I have read so much dissatisfaction over RTD's treatment of "Doctor Who", some of which I feel myself, that it starts to become depressing! The series that began with "Rose" is a new beast and we're all wasting our time hoping the show will genuinely, as we see it, revisit its glory days. That's why this is the second season and not the 28th. Whatever your opinions on the late-Eighties' episodes, "Who" was still identifiably the same series as began in '63. As it is now, "Doctor Who" has lost its single-most major asset - the original format of a series of serials in 25-minute instalments. I believe that is more fundamental to the artistic success of the show than the inclusion of Daleks, Cybermen, Autons, K9, Sarah Jane and even the beloved blue Police Box!!
I understand why the old format went. A four-parter where no one likes the first episode means having to wait a month for a new story. You lose your audience, very quickly, in a world where the quick fix is all. New "Doctor Who" might have worked better if RTD had adopted the season 22 structure of five two-parters and a three. I would've lengthened the episodes to fifty minutes (another dying breed these days in favour of sixty - only "Casualty" remains), run it for ten weeks, like "Spooks" (and "Bugs" before it), and show the three-parter at Christmas (on consecutive nights) as with "Only Fools and Horses".
New "Doctor Who" has as much in common with the original series as did Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" with the Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope original. The title and the basic premise! We can either accept new "Who" for what it is, and, like most things in life, it's a mix of good and not-quite-so good, or give up and wait for its next incarnation! It could be a long wait and might be even worse. I wouldn't watch, for example, if Robbie Williams was cast as the Doctor but I'm sure that would appeal to many "casual" viewers. RTD knew die-hard fans wouldn't like his approach when he said it isn't intended for us. The constructively critical "Doctor Who" fan, and there's nothing wrong with belonging to that subsect, was never the targeted audience even though I'm sure we are nonetheless welcome.