Digital Spy shows that any ‘ratings’ issues are pretty much rubbish, but ponders what might need to happen to get the ‘headlines’ back. I’m not sure why it needs to be getting big media coverage every week, but I’m sure I don’t like this idea!
If it wants to makes headlines again – not just when a Doctor is cast, or a companion leaves, but every single week, maybe the best thing for Doctor Who is to go away for a while. Then, when it returns, the appetite for new episodes will be at all-time high.
There just needs to be a concrete plan in place for the show to return, and from the moment it disappears. The last thing anyone wants is a repeat of ’89, when the original show went out with a whimper rather than a bang.
Doctor Who is not in serious trouble. It’s a massive international phenomenon, and makes so much money for BBC Worldwide that overnight ratings are almost irrelevant. But resting the show certainly couldn’t hurt. There’s nothing that makes us appreciate something like threatening to take it away.