^If that's the case, then I believe they spent lots of money for something that looked and felt like what RTD did for much less. As a producer of "The Bells of St. John", I would find that pretty embarrassing. It's the definition of waste.
When did you last see an RTD episode, and does your display affect the quality? They were almost always shot very plainly and roughly.
Russell T. Davies would open a series with gawdy, tacky cack like New Earth. A story which (Forgetting the toilet paper of a script!), is horrible for wasting a ton of money on a landscape shot of a futuristic city for no reason other than trailer time. The Doctor stares at it and then says "But actually, I'd rather go somewhere else!", before the action of the episode takes place entirely in a garish white hospital.
It sets the mood. Of future city
. And is followed upon quite sufficiently with cat people.
I have to laugh at some fans calling the show childish compared to RTD's day.
So farting aliens are mature?
Yes, despite the show generally being less mature back then...