A rumor is currently going around saying Doctor Who will not be on TV next year. Well, let’s break this down first!
We know that Series Nine of Doctor Who is due to start on Saturday 19th September 2015! From this, we will have 12 brand new episodes. Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor with Jenna Coleman looking to become the longest-serving companion in the show’s history. This series will see the return of Missy (The Master), The Daleks (of course) and The Zygons! Also, fan favorite characters Kate Stewart, Osgood and Rigsy will also return. But, there may be a bit of a damper on the events if Doctor Who is given a year break. The word is, because Sherlock is going into production through 2016, Steven Moffat won’t be able to give time to both (I think Steven Moffat is great, but maybe it’s time to hand the reigns to Mark Gatiss or even Toby Whitehouse?). So I want to share a few points as why a year without the show is a bad idea!
- Interest will fade
Doe’s anyone else remember the viewing figures for Doctor Who between 2005-2008? Well they were rather good. Each year, the figure for the finale went up and up. Reaching 10.5 million in the UK alone, the fourth series finale still stands as the biggest-watched finale so far! After the 2009 specials, the fifth series then arrived where we then had the lowest watched finale so far! The whole year without a full series did take a hit on the massive upswing in ratings. Steadily, the show has slowly risen back up, but unfortunately it is still nowhere near the ratings hit it once was.
- The wait is too much
How many US shows “take a break” during their run? Not many. Many of our top shows run between September-May every year, or may have a more limited nature and still appear annually (Game Of Thrones 10 episode series every April). But the reason they stay popular is because you never have to wait too long to see what happens next. Another long hiatus for Doctor Who could be potentially damaging and risk losing more viewers.
- What doe’s the UK still have to offer?
I know this may seem a bit unfair, but there isn’t many other shows coming from the UK that make a massive effect around the world. Doctor Who has become huge worldwide, and is always well enjoyed when it is aired. Though recent show Humans was superb and Fortitude proved to be popular, there really isn’t anything like our sci-fi show which is nearly 52 years old!
- One-offs can work, but not always
During series 7 and 8, the show took some big gaps. First, it was filling the seventh series over one year. Then we had the 50th Anniversary Special which was fantastic, then a month later the Christmas special which was also brilliant. Then we had an eight month wait before series 8 officially aired. While the anniversary special made a good reason for the gaps in airing the program, having the gaps again with no real need for them will just cripple figures as proved time and time again.
What do you think? Do you think Series 10 will be delayed until 2017? Do you believe that the BBC is putting pressure on its flagship show? Or is this story a load of bull and we should expect The Doctor to make his 10th run next year?
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove