Doctor Who to be AXED by the BBC in light of poor viewer ratings?

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.

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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?


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.


  1. Gerard McGarry on October 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

    They need to urgently exterminate Stephen Moffat as Showrunner. His direction for the show has been holding it back. People held out through the Matt Smith years thinking it would get better. It didn’t. But then Capaldi came along and we thought he’d bring something new to the role. But Moffat’s the one pulling the strings and guiding the tone of the series, and he’s tone-deaf as far as the things that made the 2005 revival so successful.

  2. JadeDragon on October 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Not to sound like a stereotype, but the problem is Moffat. A lot of people have become increasingly frustrated with the way he writes and the way he runs the show. He’s been there too long. He overuses his own tropes, there’s very little diversity, death means nothing anymore and the way he writes women is atrocious. All the BBC have to do to revive the show is to appoint a new showrunner. Even if you like the current era, he’s been around for a long time and it’s long past time for a change anyway.

  3. Simon on October 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    The last two episodes have been up against England matches in the rugby World Cup which will have had a big impact on the audience figures. The consolidated figures (after adding on iPlayer views etc.) remain good, so why would the BBC cancel the programme? In addition, it still generates revenue through overseas sales and merchandise.

  4. Martha on October 4, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    It would be nice it they bring back David let the doctor regenerate back into one of the old doctors that make it better David didbtge best Doctor WHO ever thats what I think in the USA.

    1. RC on October 4, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      I agree he was the best Doctor. Matt wasn’t too bad but he was no David. The new guy Peter I think his name is, he is okay but he can only do so much with the script given. They need to bring in new blood to write better material and have doctor who go in a better direction or path or whatnot etc etc. I think they need to get another Doctor too or rather person to play him. But that’s just my 2 cents.

  5. brett glover on November 24, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I would think that the American viewers are not getting counted here. Why not bring it to the states? Give an American writer a shot for once. And personally I think Clara should be brought back as the doctor later on.

  6. Morris on December 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Unintelligible un-hear-able dialogue no explanation for unfathomable leaps around the plot, either none or if present the most tenuous of connecting tissue between current episodes and the ‘Who’ memory banks that have been built up over the last ten years since 2005. Pointlessly dark and seemingly aimless. This writer is slaying the golden goose with a frenzied but amateurish hatchet job.

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