Doctor Who is of course an iconic show, and just like the Time Lord protagonist, we’ve seen the show regenerate over decades and many of us have fond childhood memories – or not so fond recollections of the nightmares the likes of the Daleks inspired – of the drama.
The latest series is currently airing on BBC1, however, so far, viewer ratings have apparently been less than impressive, and given that it’s hugely costly to produce the show, that’s a “worrying” issue for the BBC.
And in fact, according to the Mirror today, the BBC is so concerned about the decline in ratings that the corporation’s bosses are considering axing the sci-fi series after the current run ends.
The newspaper states, “Viewing figures have plunged below four million”, and adds, “BBC executives are discussing a range of ways to revive their cash cow.”
Issues regarding the show’s cast may well be making matters worse for the BBC, given that Jenna Coleman has quit her role as The Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald, and there’s intense speculation right now that Peter Capaldi, who’s currently playing the latest incarnation of the Time Lord, may follow suit ahead of a new series.
So, while the BBC are, as mentioned above, considering their options, it’s been mooted that rather than film an entire series of Doctor Who next year, the show’s bosses may instead film feature-length instalments that would air perhaps once or twice a year, in addition to a Christmas special.
A BBC insider said, “Doctor Who’s decline is very worrying and needs to be addressed.
“At this stage all options are being considered. Everyone accepts that drastic action may be needed.”
However, a BBC spokesperson refused to comment on speculation that the show may not be renewed in its usual format, stating instead, “It is far too early to discuss next year’s commission.”
What do you think? Would the BBC be making a huge mistake in canning the show as we know it now?
Or do you think it’s had its day in its current format and would only benefit from an overhaul?