I think VIII is a little controversial; some things fall a little flat and some of the stories seem a little poorly aligned, or rushed; BUT I do like to watch it, and after a few rewatches through X and XI (which I see as a continuation of the feel and standard of VI) I think I have worked out why: I see VIII as a sketch show; think of Big Train, The Fast Show or even Python; a bit hit and miss, but often with characters that you grew attached to. This is how I see VIII, I don't let the bad points get me down too much, because there is always a really good joke, or set piece around the corner. I am a big fan of comedy (and Sci-Fi) I like Pegg/Frost, Coogan, Gervais, Atkinson (Ben Elton) - but Doug Naylor is the king of the TV gag for me, some are set ups that can take the whole 30 minutes to pay off, others are bang! one liners; and I will say the same for the cast Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn and Chris Barrie (did I need to type out the cast list here? ...I have a feeling you may all know the names!) just have their characters nailed, and can deliver with perfection.