I think both posts were well said, baby. The show has definitely changed.
And Russell’s era was different from the ‘96 movie, and that was different from the 80s, and that was different from the 70s and so on and so on.
It’s been said a million times that a core theme of Doctor Who is change. There is nothing inherently wrong with change. See, what with Doctor Who being the longest-running sci-fi show in history, to me the only thing you can compare it to is a comic book. Because a lot of the major superheroes have been around for about 50-70 years. Captain America started out as a jingoistic Hitler and Hirohito-punching propaganda book and then he was a hero already from a bygone era trying to adapt to contemporary (1960s) life, and then in the 2000s, his book got a lot more espionage-y. And now it’s all weird sci-fi.
Doctor Who has also gone through changes like that in its nearing-50-year history. We’re at the point where it’s practically considered a separate show altogether from Classic Who. But change isn’t the problem. To me, consistency in the writing coming to a grinding halt IS.