I'm really jealous that you got to experience some of Classic Who as it was happening I just think that's so cool! Is it weird seeing people fan over a show you watched when you were young that were born after it stopped airing?
No, it’s invigorating! And for someone who majored in classics, who wanted to learn Latin and Greek and other dead languages so I could hear the stories and words of people who lived thousands of years ago in the way they spoke and thought about them, it’s not so unfamiliar a concept as you might think. ;)
Listen. Let me tell you a story.
Although I wasn’t a scarf-wearing fan, nor a fan-fic writing fan, this story from my Tumblr-friend Circular-Time (a very cool person) is very similar to my own.
My very first episodes of Doctor Who were (I think) from Genesis of the Daleks. I watched Tom Baker when those were new (on Minnesota Public Television anyway). I watched Pertwee in re-runs. I remember the announcement that the nice blonde fellow from All Creatures Great and Small would be the next Doctor, and I watched a few of those stories, but I started drifting away from Doctor Who. I never watched Colin Baker until a few years ago. I think I saw parts of McCoy’s Ghostlight when that was new. I totally missed the McGann movie.
I watched one Eccleston story (Dalek), and one Tennant story (The Girl in the Fireplace), but I still wasn’t sucked back in. Then I learned some friends were really into it, and went with them to a local science fiction convention where I had a great time. I’d also recently signed up for cable that included BBC America. So, I started watching the Eccleston episodes. Something like two months later, I watched The Impossible Astronaut when it first aired, and I was hooked even more deeply than when I was a kid.
Next, I discovered Big Finish! and my fate was sealed forever as a Whovian fanatic.
As an older fan, what do I think of younger fandom? Is it weird? Why make a distinction? There are fans out there that can recall watching Hartnell episodes when they first aired. There are fans I enjoy and respect for whom Matt Smith was their first Doctor.
It’s not weird, it’s awesome! If you love it, and you share your love for it, and you embrace people who love it (even as you disagree about the details), then it’s not weird.