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Published on June 24th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Stop Moving Who

Den of Geek has expressed concerns at the “here and there” timeslots that this years Doctor Who episodes have been given.

Taking on board the fact that this is also a world cup year, the website has listed the varying times that the show has aired over the last twelve weeks:

The Eleventh Hour: 6.25pm
The Beast Below: 6.15pm
Victory Of The Daleks: 6.30pm
The Time Of Angels: 6.20pm
Flesh and Stone: 6.25pm
Vampires Of Venice: 6.00pm
Amy’s Choice: 6.25pm
The Hungry Earth: 6.15pm
Cold Blood: 7.00pm
Vincent and the Doctor: 6.40pm
The Lodger: 6.45pm
The Pandorica Opens: 6.40pm

Looking at these, Den of Geek mention several points that spring to mind for them:

-there’s been no solid, dependable slot for the flagship show this year

-because of this, the ratings have taken a dip

-these up and down times aren’t reflecting a flagship show.

The author also commented:

In his autobiography, that long-time supporter of Doctor Who, Michael Grade (ahem) talks about the art of scheduling, effectively the need to break programmes down into slots that people have a chance of remembering. It’s an art that I can’t help but feel the BBC has lost on Saturday nights, and come the new series of Who next year, I really hope gets sorted out.

Whilst these points are true enough, it doesn’t necessarily result in a poorer response to the show but probably reassures the BBC that wherever they schedule the program, it’s still one of the most watched programs on a Saturday night. During the last month or so, we’ve seen Doctor Who pull in strong ratings despite it being aired at around 6pm during some very, very sunny Saturdays. No other program could actually do that, just look at ITV’s rating at the same time.

Don’t worry too much, Doctor Who isn’t going anywhere for a while.

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




2 Responses to Stop Moving Who

  1. Carn says:

    Too damn right. Should be back at 7pm every week.

  2. 23skidoo says:

    Although I agree the show isn’t going anywhere (at least not for another season!) I’m in full agreement with Den that this bouncing around the timeslot has been crazy. I live in Canada, where I’m used to DW being on at a set time every week. You can make plans. You can set a DVR if necessary. I really feel sorry for my colleagues in the UK who have to put up with this nonsense week after week. And it really gives the impression that the BBC is making things up as they go along.

    Bottom line: Doctor Who should be scheduled at 7 PM on Saturday, full stop. I don’t know of anyone over the age of 3 and under the age of 80 – and who doesn’t have to go to work at 3 AM – who goes to bed at 7 PM in the 21st century.

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