Yes, Old Who was laughable at times. I took my shots at the actors in plastic trash bags and the Silurians with their tighty-whities showing through improperly fastened rubber costumes. But, I, too, experienced the pain of people who laughed because they refused to look beyond the very low budget to the very grand concept of it all. As with RTD, to me, Doctor Who was always just waiting for the right budget to explode onto the world stage.
RTD, DT, JG...and the rest...are like my nerd-family in storytelling. Right down to keep the spoilers away, because it ruins the fun of it all. And I so hope that I am as thrilled with the finale as they seem to be. I really...REALLY hope that they restore my faith in them and in the Doctor.