@TiberiusDidNothingWrong wrote:Though I didn't hate the earlier NuWho seasons, even as part of the earlier series, it was definitely the 'beginning' of the decline that eventually brought us the shite that was late Moffatt and Chibnall.
It was quite gradual. S1 was ultimately inoffensive imo and you can forgive it for making changes as it tries to adapt to modern standards of television.
But they stuck with those changes and it eventually became clear that they'd forgotten what Doctor Who was supposed to be.
I would say there were things I hated and found unpleasant in Series 1 (chiefly the Doctor's characterization), and points where it looked like they weren't even trying (Aliens of London), but also things I loved, and I think I would broadly agree with you that at that point, the new show was still feet-finding and could've probably gone either way, and could've instead built on the best elements of the season (The Unquiet Dead, Dalek) rather than the crap to give us something closer to the best of Robert Holmes or Big Finish.
It looked like that would sadly only happen had RTD stepped down and left with Eccleston, and let one of the season's better writers take over.
Then again I read somewhere that the BBC had sent RTD some memos saying they worried at the time The Unquiet Dead was too slow for the mainstream audience, and wanted him to avoid stories like that in future. So maybe that's why we never got episodes like that again, and why Moffat gradually started to go off the rails too.