Mr Awe wrote:
I agree with Starkers. The RTD era was getting a bit repetitive. While the brilliantness of Tennant probably could've covered for that for awhile, it would've eventually gotten old.
The switch to Moffat/Smith really prevented the continuation of that process. Generally I enjoy the current state of the show but it's not perfect. And like RTD's era, a certain repetitiveness is creeping in.
However, I think this team has been mostly brilliant. And, IIRC, the audience share has remained fairly stable, it's just that fewer people are watching overall.
Thank you, and I'd just add that I do agree with what you said (specifically the bits in bold)