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Doctor Who is moving to Sundays

Postby Kristatos » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:10 pm

The new series starts on Sunday, October 7th. I'm a bit nervous about this, because moving from Saturday nights was one of the warning signs of the show's cancellation back in 1989. Ratings were already down to those levels under Peter Capaldi, who was popular with the hardcore fans, but not the mainstream audience. Let's hope Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall can make it a big mainstream hit again.

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Re: Doctor Who is moving to Sundays

Postby Blowfeld » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:31 pm

I have a feeling the ratings will go down because of the move. Unlike 1989 I think BBC is proud of Doctor Who which is also a irreplaceable revenue source. I think they are trying too hard to be trendy by the pseudo controversy of casting Jodie, their instinct as a sprawling bureaucracy is to have fallback excuse for any ratings failures. What bothered me about Peter's failing ratings was the question of are the numbers actually correct or have modern audiences moved further out from old measuring techniques. Most of the younger people I see watch content on their phones and tablets instead of traditional television.
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Re: Doctor Who is moving to Sundays

Postby Kristatos » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:15 pm

I think the ratings take that into account. There are overnights, +7, +14 and +28 ratings. The ratings in the last season were down across the board. This wasn't like previous years where the drop in overnights was entirely attributable to changing viewing habits, and the overall ratings were steady.

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Re: Doctor Who is moving to Sundays

Postby Blowfeld » Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:45 pm

Since David Tennant left ratings were on the downward trajectory, at least this is how I recall the ratings trends per episode and why I associate the trend in digital consumption with the overall decline in ratings. I am unsure if these next generation of viewers can be counted correctly.
I was disappointed Peter's rating were supposed to the the lowest since the series regenerated, BBC will be able to keep up their ageist policies because of it. Still I think the BBC picked the absolute worst time to of year to air the shows and moved the time slot. October is a good time to get audiences so that is in the favour of the next series however the Sunday movie might be a problem. First few episode will probably be the highest the series is going to be after that we will have a better take on how the audience adapts. I can imagine a lot of fans are aware the show is back and can not find it on Saturday night never thinking to check the scheduled. Whatever the problems are going to be I don't think it will be Jodie, BBC and the new show runner are trying to meddle with what had worked, it will either be successful with nobody noticing they changed the show up or Jodie will take the blame for all of their mistakes. Then again a likely narrative is sexist fans weren't ready for the future or some twaddle.
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Re: Doctor Who is moving to Sundays

Postby Kristatos » Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:55 pm

I don't think Capaldi was the problem, I think it's more that during his era, it became more a show for the fans, and less accessible to the casual viewer. Lots of arty, experimental episodes, which I think you can get away with once in a while, but they seemed to predominate in the last couple of years.

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Re: Doctor Who is moving to Sundays

Postby Blowfeld » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:53 pm

You could be right.
I enjoyed the last few series more than many of the previous series which to my mind had huge build ups for no pay off, The Silence is an example of where the sown runners built up an idea for a series only write it off quickly with little explanation. Peter had a few classic shows in his era, I had hoped he would stay on past Steven Moffat just to see what he was capable off past what had become hackneyed, I think the fix was in for regeneration and the ratings helped BBC stand firm, this and their virtue signalling.

Just had a though about last series maybe the dying Doctor was too much for the casual audience. Peter's last series it was obvious he was dying from show one.
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