Is the BBC Neglecting Doctor Who?
Series 9 of Doctor Who wasn’t as successful as it should have been, and as the previous seasons of the show have been. This was refelcted in a decline in viewership over the last series.
In a recent Newsweek interview, Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor, voiced his opinion and stated that he may know the reason for lower ratings, saying that the BBC has been neglecting Doctor Who, and focusing on many of their other projects. He speicifcally cited the BBC’s decision to move the show to a later time slot, something many fans agree has affect the ratings:
“It does frustrate me,” says Capaldi. “If you’re going to have a family show, I think you have to build up a little ritual around it—and that ritual usually starts with having it on at the same time [every week]. Even I didn’t know what time it was on because it got later and later and later.”
Capaldi also said that the BBC isn’t paying enough attention to the show. When asked if he feels they are taking the show for granted, he answered “Undoubtedly. The BBC is an incredible organization, but…sometimes people there think, [Doctor Who is] looking after itself,” Capaldi said in the interview. “And it’s not being looked after. I think maybe their eye was taken off the ball, or the show was seen as a thing they could just push around. It’s not. It’s a special thing.”
Capaldi was very politic in his criticism of the BBC, and this does not appear to point to any sort of rift between Capaldi and the BBC, as the BBC recently asked Capaldi to stay on for Series 11.
Regardless of the ratings, the show has been renewed for series 10 and 11, starting 2017. This year we will see only the Christmas special, 2017 will bring us Moffat’s last season, after which he will be replaced by the new director Chris Chibnall (best known for his work on Broadchurch and Who spinoff Torchwood). And though Capaldi has been asked to stay after Moffat leaves the show, he is still not certain whether or not he will.