According to rumours circulating the web, Chris Chibnall's Series 11 of 'Doctor Who' may be embracing even more big changes in this game changing new era of the show- it could be moving to a Sunday slot in contrast to it's original Saturday night showing.
Just under a fortnight ago, UK newspaper 'The Daily Mirror' released an article about the new series, headlined:
"Doctor Who could time travel to a new day of the week after Saturday night ratings dip"
Now, we discuss whether this would be a good idea, and especially, would it help save the shows slowly slumping ratings.
The article states: "The show launched on a Saturday teatime in 1963 and while other slots have been tried over the decades it has always returned to its original position. But in recent years the BBC series has struggled in the autumn ratings because Strictly Come Dancing forces it later into the evening, meaning the youngest fans lose out. Viewing figures of 7.3 million in 2014 dropped to 5.5 million last year. The next series, in which Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the Time Lord, is also the first for new show runner Chris Chibnall and insiders say pushing the show back 24 hours may prove attractive. Our on-set spy reveals: “On Saturdays everything has to fit around Strictly. Moving Doctor Who to a Sunday could make perfect sense. It is a serious option, Chris is taking Doctor Who apart to give it a revamp. The only things viewers will immediately recognise are the sonic screwdriver, the TARDIS and the theme tune."The First Doctor debuted on a Saturday afternoon in 1963, and the 21st century revival has been the centrepiece of BBC One’s Saturday schedule for more than a decade. However with sagging ratings as mentioned above- regardless of BBC iPlayer figures- along with irregular timing schedules for weekly episodes due to Pointless & Strictly Come Dancing, perhaps a 24 hour jump could prove effective to help draw in more casual viewers.
Also, according to a piece released by BBC Worldwide for their Showcase event, Doctor Who is likely to be airing in October of 2018. So if Doctor Who was to air on a Sunday night, say Sunday 14th October, the 10 episodes would take us to 16th December for the series finale- just 2 weeks before the Christmas Special...
Let's look at the positives:
-More people will talk about the show on a Monday in work, school etc.
-People are more likely to stay at home Sunday nights than Saturday nights and tune into Doctor Who while the television is on.
-It wouldn't clash with Strictly & Pointless
-It could sit in a consistent 7pm slot on a Sunday after Countryfile at 6pm and before the Strictly Results show at 8pm.
-More children will have time to watch it as they are less likely to be outside playing when it's school the day after.
Both Chris Chibnall's Series 3 of 'Broadchurch' and Steven Moffat's/Mark Gattis' Series 4 of 'Sherlock' aired on a Sunday night last year and achieved considerably higher viewing figures than Doctor Who Series 10. More recently, BBC's 'McMafia' and ITV's 'Victoria' aired on Sunday nights in comparison to the Saturday night game show/reality tv slot that doesn't fit the Doctor Who audience.
Let's look at the cons:
-"Doctor Who has been traditionally on a Saturday for most of it's 54 year run."
Yes, that's it. Doctor Who's tradition. But why would you want a show that's all about change to be stuck in a time slot that is ruining its potential when moving it a mere 24 hours would drastically change that. There really isn't anything to lose, and the way Chibnall is going with Series 11 suggests there are big changes to come and this may just be one of them.
Now we put it to you! Should Doctor Who stick to its traditional Saturday night slot? Or would a Sunday night be beneficial for the shows ratings and overall popularity? Let us know below!
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