Withad wrote: "
I prefer the old series to the new but that's probably because I'm just taking the best serials and comparing them to the not-so-great episodes of the new series. Like The Sontaran Stratagem. Did anyone else think that plot made no sense whatsoever?
Anyway, Russell T Davies will apparently be stepping down as executive producer ((linky)
), as soon as next year's specials are done. Personally, I didn't think he wrote the best episodes, but he did bring the series back to life with a bang, so credit where credit's due. That said, his replacement is Steven Moffat (writer of "Girl in the Fireplace", "The Empty Child" and "Blink", along with next week's episode with the library) so that can only be a good thing.
I haven't really seen anything like enough of the old series to judge, but I think I prefer the style of the revived series. That said, the best stories are usually the ones where they take the time to actually tell the story, rather than cramming it into a single episode.
"The Sontaran Strategem" wasn't hard to follow, but the burning atmosphere
scene stretched my suspension of disbelief to near-breaking point. Apart from that I thought it was an OK two-parter.
Unlike many fans, who seem to see RTD as one of those people you either love or hate, I have mixed feelings about his scripts. The episodes he wrote in series one stood out as some of the best, as did "Tooth and Claw", "Doomsday", "Smith and Jones", "Gridlock" and "The Sound of Drums". On the other hand, he's also been responsible for some of the weaker episodes, such as "Love & Monsters" and "The Last of the Time Lords".
I agree about Steven Moffat, when I heard one of the other writers would be taking over I hoped it would be him. He's written four of my absolute favourite episodes.