I just got done watching the whole series 1 on DVD this weekend. When you see them all together over a few days, it's fascinating how they tried to tie together all the episodes. Although I'm liking the new Doctor a little more than Eccleston, I do miss the chemistry and dynamic between Rose and the Doctor in the first series...which is one of the things I like so much about it. I know they're phasing her out, and so Rose and Mickey were on the sidelines of this week's episode and the Doctor practically seemed not to care about them when he left them behind (which seemed out of character), but I'm hoping he's not really becoming more indifferent of her.
I'm glad to hear that Torchwood is not a bad spin-off, tho I would imagine it would have similar quality of writing if Russell T. Davies is behind it. I just want more Captain Jack. ;)