Old Who is worth watching, it can be found online. The first four Doctor's are the best, 5-7 are a variable.
Very coherent. You guys don't ramble. I kinda go on a bit though. ^- MCH gets reprieve, only one sentence this time.
I have not seen Happiness Patrol, but there's also Earth Shock, Twin Dilemma, the Dalek Master Plan (a few very good episodes towards the end, but not very good otherwise), and several others. However, among the first four Doctors, there's very few 'bad' episodes. I just went season to season and enjoyed it all basically. Nu Who I have just not been able to.
Hopefully Doctor Who would not copy House scripts. XD I'm just citing other shows that have 20 million viewers in America which is still smaller in percentage than 20 million viewers in Britain watching Who (ignoring American peripheral audiences which is another 1-2 million) <- I'm in that number! !
What I'm trying to say is that there are many great shows that get hollowed out. McGyver was extremely popular, not so much in Britain because the Doctor already had been doing the shtick for quite some time already. Why did it end? Way too many very special episodes, sentient guns. Star Trek has collapsed on itself multiple times already. Xena Warrior Princess, Pretender, Red Dwarf... many many others. Not too many have been able to complete their stories often because the producers take over and change the direction of the series repeatedly. They do not have the audience in mind, its a sort of confidence that forms.
Doctor Who is a bit trickier than just that. It represents in many ways British culture and people, even those who do not personally watch the show, want to keep it going. Much like the Simpsons in America. It's been going 22 years. The writers have lost their creativity, a large part of their humor, and have long past the point where they arrogantly say, 'we can make any episode we want, the public will accept it.' Maybe not so arrogantly since they've gotten away with it for so long, but they do not have nearly what they had when they first started the series.
The point I was making about Nu Who was that they should have made a separate series that took place in the Who-verse. They made so many changes that they should've just kept going. This would remove most all criticism because it would be much easier to take as its own series.
Since it held up being the sequel of Old Who, following the Doctor, they got the Old Who fans to come along. They were largely and instantly given the large audience which the Old Show had slowly grown over a long period of time. They did not earn it, and they take it for granted thinking largely that the fans must just adore them and all their ideas. It would've been healthier to go the other route to earn it. But this is all old who fans have to work with and its been accepted as canon.
I've not seen a cultural show fall before. Who was not exactly cultural when it was canceled the first time, rather it increased in popularity due to all the books being written and that's what rose it to that status. Nu Who now runs with that status, I just worry that they will go to far which they have been wavering each and every season.
Old Who has bad serials, but not every single season. The Third Doctor only had I think a handful of serials that could've been improved on. Nu Who however: Bad Wolf/Parting of Ways, The Christmas Invasion, School Reunion, Love and Monsters, Fear Her, Doomsday (specifically), the Runaway Bride, Gridlock (they ruined the Macra Terror, one of my favorite serials from Old Who), The Sound of Drums/Utopia (First part was good), The Fires of Pompeii, Journey's End,The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, The Beast Below, and Victory of the Daleks.
Old Who: The Edge of Destruction, The Dalek Master Plan, The Dominators, The Daemons (More meh than bad, but a whole season of the Master was a bit much), The Green Death, Tom Baker's final season, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda (I quit watching Davidson at that point. Though I did enjoy the Five Doctors and the Caves of Androzani), the Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, and Survival.
I have not seen much of the seventh Doctor, there's probably more to add (like Happiness Patrol from everything I've heard).
I've still not seen Season 6 of Nu Who.
I liked Trial of a Timelord largely due to the ending lightening things up. Doctor Who is a family show, keep the kids in mind! Also, I just liked the Valeyard though things did get a tad bit confusing. The thing to notice is that my list for Nu Who is about as long as Old Who's list which lasted hundreds of more episodes, that's a statement.
If you want, I can also state my favorite serials. XD
Si-Fy and Fantasy, that is where my heart lies. To Doctor Who and its 18 years of brilliance, still waiting on the 50 yr anniversary!