This. It used to just be a fun sci-fi romp where every episode was something different. But then Matt Smith came, and the series stagnated something fierce. He's the same in every episode. The tone is the same in every episode. River Song is fucking boring and annoying in every episode she's in. Amy and Rory have been around way too long. There's hardly any real character development. Add to that the convoluted overarcing subplots (We still don't know why the fuck the TARDIS exploded way back in Series 5) and the show has really gone downhill since Moffat took over. Don't get me wrong, Moffat has written some great episodes in the past (Blink was phenomenal), but when the entire damn series has that same feel, it loses the effect. There's hardly any variety to the episodes anymore.6/10 - INTJ
Unneccessary comment: I love the more earlier, more simplistic episodes which just want to flaunt off scary aliens (ie Series 1 - 3) - I can't stand the more recent episodes which have stupidly complicated subplots. Doctor Who is supposed to be aimed at a family/child audience but the little love stories confuse the hell out of me. I just want to sit back and lose my thoughts for forty-five minutes - I don't want to get lost in River Song's confusing and boring back story.
I've also noticed that my favourite episodes all have a historical context to them - The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Idiot's Lantern, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Unquiet Dead.
So yeah, the older I get and the newer the series, the less I enjoy watching Doctor Who and the bigger a chore it becomes.
That's not what makes episodes stupid. Some of the best episodes didn't "enhance the story line" at all. Blink, Midnight, Dalek, The Doctor's Wife... All completely independant episodes. Now granted, there are a lot of stupid episodes (I'm looking at you, Love and Monsters), but the lack of focus on an overarching story isn't what makes them stupid and isn't even necessarily a bad thing in general.9/10
Some of the episodes are stupid because they're basically there to just be there, not to enhance the story line :mellow: