I think you didn't understand what I said. The wobbly sets (yes, there were many) and hammy acting are part of the charm of Dr. Who - fans love it!
I did understand what you said; I was disagreeing with the point that the show will still be great with 1970s production values as you were suggesting. Hammy acting and naff props will mean this series of Dr Who really WILL be the last one ever made.
The programme makers need to understand that there is a history to this show and that to ignore the fans would be a big mistake.
This is the opinion I have the biggest problem with. I'm sorry but I think this is utter rubbish. How many times has it been mentioned in this thread; the die-hard fans don't count because (a) there aren't enough of them and (b) even if they don't like it, they'll still watch it anyway!
And there are a lot of rational fans (like myself) who accept that what was made before is in the past, and it doesn't really matter if there are a few continuity howlers.
I'm sorry, but the die-hards just need to get them selves a sex life and stop worrying about it. It's going to be great; regeneration or no regeneration!
Interesting the point about Anthony Ainley, now I think about it he was a lot darker and less pantomimey in Survival. So yes maybe I was a bit harsh making reference to him with respect to ham.
Speaking of Survival I happen to think it's a very under-rated story. With sets being what they were in those days, I thought the 100% location stories (I think Curse of Fenric is another one?) work excellently. Gives it a much more convincing feel than those moors in the Brain Of Morbius or something like that. That council estate is fantastically parochial, reminds me of the Jasmin Allen! Shame about Hale & Pace mind you. I wonder if, had Dr Who had carried on in 1989, whether we would have seen more of this style of production, especially as the camera technology was rapidly minaturising, making location shooting easier and cheaper. Even those pink skies on the cat planet (whose name escapes me) aren't too gharish. And the story's good, you end up really feeling for the friendship Ace forms with the girl who turns into the cat. Interesting relations building up between the people trapped on the planet. It's all ruined a bit by that motorbike standoff though where Sylvester conveniently lands in a pile of sofas! Makes me howl with laughter just thinking about it.