Finally, some sense has been spoken over this whole â€œdrop in ratingsâ€ debacle. Digital Spy have reported that Doctor Who fans have begun to show their support for Matt Smith and have spoken out about what actually caused the slight (that last word is very important) drop in ratings for some of the episodes this year.
Peter Bell, a Doctor Who, fan commented:
â€œIâ€™m happy to admit I was wrong. He was good at first and he just got better and better as the series progressed – better even I think than [David] Tennantâ€¦ We had great weather on Saturday and most people donâ€™t want to spend summer sat indoors watching the TV.â€
Matt Hills, a doctor at Cardiff University (who has also written several books on Doctor Who), also commented on the ratings:
“These ratings figures need to be viewed in the context of a developing shift towards on-demand viewing.” he explained. â€œAudiences know they can catch up with Doctor Who via services such as iPlayer, as well as through BBC Three repeats.â€
This is a clearer picture of what has actually been going on with the series over the past thirteen weeks. The ratings were high when the weather was cold and they were low when it was sunny. Rather than a reflection on Doctor Who or a lack of interest in the new series this is just circumstance. The clear ratings winner this year was the FIFA World Cup because more people like football than Doctor Who (apparently..) and it was not only watched in homes but in pubs as well. Now if only someone would make a Doctor Who pubâ€¦.
The full article can be found at Digital Spy.