I agree that Rose
is an extremely weak season starter, though apparently it was a good enough (re)introduction for the public at large. It does have its moments though - there are a few nice bits of dialogue and some decent acting here and there. Clive is not bad. But I agree about the humour seeming forced.
When I watched the leaked version of it (with the classic series theme tune instead of Murray Gold's tacked on) I remarked that on first impressions it seemed like some odd (not very funny) parody of Doctor Who
Also, the loud and obtrusive electronic music drives me nuts. I think they improved the mix slightly for the dvd release, but it's still a shocker and something that plagues the rest of the first couple of seasons pretty badly.