Well, I had to wait until April 5 when it premiered on CBC in Canada. My first time watching Doctor Who, though I knew much about it thanks to my uncle who has loved the show since he was a teenager. In fact, after Rose finished, he called me up and asked "well, wasn't that awesome?" My response, "it is acceptable." Then we discussed various plot points, nitpicks, and general opinions. In fact, this kind of post-episode phone call became a tradition of ours for most of Eccleston's season.
It took me a while to warm up to the show. Ironically, the Slitheen story was when I finally decided I liked the show, and that gets panned to this day. Although these days while watching Rose and even The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead I find I enjoy them a lot more than I did in 2005.