That's true about the viewing figures for City, I'll grant you. Though I tend to think, as strong of a story as it is, City would still be well-regarded today even without that figure attached to it. Though, in retrospect, you're probably right I should have mentioned that in the article itself (and probably did at some point before either Grammarly or my own inner-critic cut it out).It’s worth noting that the main reason that City of Death got such high viewing figures is that there was literally nothing else to watch. It was broadcast during the great ITV strike that shut the network down for ten weeks.
It’s a good story, and a pretty good introduction to Doctor Who for anyone unfamiliar with the series. And, of course, Adams used elements of this story combined with Shada when writing Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Still City wouldn’t have quite as high a rating if ITV had been broadcasting.
There does seem to have been a trend in trying to copy Adams’ style in the stories written at this time. As well as The Doomsday Contract, the first episode of the 18th series - The Leisure Hive - has a distinct Hitchhikers feel to it.