It seems that most people are of the opinion that series VII was perhaps not that bad. Not as good as VI but under the circumstances, possibly as good as it could have been. I was hugely disappointed when it became clear that Chris Barrie was leaving but they probably handled that as well as they could have done by having him return throughout the series. I was also disappointed that Claire Grogan was replaced. She was not only the Kochanski of the earlier series but also the one that Lister shared BTL and Last Human with in my imagination in the novels. That said, I like Chloe and think she did okay with the almost impossible task of replacing two much loved characters in an established show. A no win situation for her really.