DOCTOR WHO Showrunner Russell T Davies Addresses The Show's Declining Ratings Following Latest Relaunch

DOCTOR WHO Showrunner Russell T Davies Addresses The Show's Declining Ratings Following Latest Relaunch

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has broken his silence on the series' declining ratings, explaining that the goal was always for the long-running sci-fi drama to attract a much younger audience.

By JoshWilding - Jun 15, 2024 10:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who
Source: Radio Times (via SFFGazette.com)

Chris Chibnall's stint as Doctor Who showrunner saw many longtime fans give up on the series. While some have blamed that on Jodie Whittaker being cast as the Doctor, the show's first female Time Lord actually excelled in episodes which ranged from mediocre to downright awful. 

The pandemic also didn't help (there were significant delays between episodes and seasons), but the BBC has made a last-ditch effort to save the long-running sci-fi series by partnering with Disney+ and enlisting Russell T Davies to take charge.

He revived Doctor Who to great success in 2005 and was in charge during Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant's respective stints in the TARDIS. As for Disney+'s input, it's given the series its biggest budget to date and now streams globally. 

However, as we first noted on SFFGazette.com, ratings in the UK for this latest revival - starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson - are not good. 

In fairness, that can be blamed on a bizarre release schedule which has seen new episodes hit the BBC iPlayer at midnight before airing on Saturday evenings in ever-changing time slots. At a recent Q&A, Davies addressed the drop in viewership head-on.

"In coming back, I wanted to make it simpler and I wanted to make it younger," he explained. "Those two things are often not discussed - you read reactions to it and people are missing that. It’s simpler and younger - and it is working."

"The under-16s and the 16-34 audience as well is massive. It’s not doing that well in the ratings, but it is doing phenomenally well with the younger audience that we wanted."

In a separate interview, Davies added, "They might not be the ratings we’d love. We always want higher. But they are building over the 28-day period. Episode one, 'Space Babies,' is already up to 5.6 million and counting. So it is getting there. And actually, I was brought back to bring in a younger audience. That’s been massively successful."

"The audience no one ever gets are the under-30s. They just don’t watch television anymore. But those figures are astronomic for Doctor Who, it’s their top program in that bracket. I never thought it was possible, to be honest. But according to the people who juggle the numbers, all targets have been reached and exceeded. The BBC are running around like mad things."

Without streaming figures, it's impossible to know how Doctor Who is really faring. Those Saturday evening ratings aren't great, but the majority of fans may have already watched it only by that point. While we'd imagine Disney+ viewership is also being taken into account, it seems the plan is to build a new, younger audience. 

Have you been watching the latest season of Doctor Who? If so, where and when?

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HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 10:10 AM
It's simple: people don't want to see straight white characters turned into interracial homosexual advertisements.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 10:27 AM
@HermanM - with him saying he was specifically aiming for a younger audience, they wonder why we call it indoctrination.
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 10:27 AM
@HermanM - The Doctor is an alien for another planet that regenerates into different versions of themselves after they die.

Not exactly realistic human biology you can hold it account to.

Yes for 50+ years The Doctor was a white male. Them being straight wasn’t exactly something that was focused on much.

Times change, the world changes. The show has been on for a long time. It’s going to need to change too.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 10:40 AM
@philinterrupted - 90% of the world for 90% of its existence has been against LGBTQP and approval for homosexual marriages has went from 70% in 2020 to less than 50% in the current year. People are sick of this shit.

Dr Who was a straight white man created by white people (less than 9% of the world population) in a white country, he is an expression of white culture, just as a character created by sun saharan africans in sub saharan african country & culture would an expression of their culture, this is yet another anti white race replacement and more homosexual agenda advertising. Everyone knows it, and most people don't like it.

Things change, that's true. Change is only good when it is changing something bad though, and these changes you want are not changing something that was bad. Change by itself is only good or bad depending on what it is changing.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 10:44 AM
@philinterrupted - ...what do you mean him being straight wasn't focused on? Almost every iteration of the doctor had a love interest in the form of a female companion. A lot of the time he'd select his companions based on how attracted he was to them. Only time he was technically gay before this was when he was a woman but still attracted to women.

And despite him living for over a thousand years and not being the kind of character to avoid doing things because he's worried what other people would think, he never expressed an interest in men.

It's incredibly firmly established he's straight. This is something regeneration does not and has never changed about him.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 10:46 AM
@Origame - correct. You never see drag queen story hour going to old folks' homes to read. They are always going after kids.

Can't say we weren't warned though:



The people that run (((hollywood) love this kind of stuff though. That's why when one of their own is caught molesting boys and sent to jail, they only get 16 months, then get a job working with kids again as soon as they get out:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3115792/Pedophile-X-Men-actor-convicted-sexually-abusing-Nickelodeon-child-star-working-underage-kids.html

Watch QUIET ON SET if you want to see some insight into this kind of behavior. It's made by liberals and even they're saying the same thing, even if it is cognitive dissonance for them.
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/15/2024, 10:49 AM
@philinterrupted - Doctor Who wasn't broken so why try and fix it.

Its the worse the show has ever been.
UncleHarm1
UncleHarm1 - 6/15/2024, 11:19 AM
@HermanM - Jumping through so many hoops to make white people seem persecuted, you should join the circus with that act. If white people are 9% of the population then only 9% of characters should be white, right?
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 11:23 AM
@HermanM

Things don’t only change when it’s “fixing” something. 61 years Doctor Who has had a white male as the Doctor. 1 woman then 1 gay black man get cast and you all act like the world is about to end.

@origame

The Doctor having romantic interests wasn’t a thing until The Doctor Who movie in 96. If you’d like to act like every female companion was his girlfriend that’s on you. And even then his sexuality wasn’t the focus of the show. Blah blah blah Rose Tyler, River song……yes but those things were NOT the driving force of the character. I wouldn’t disagree with you that the last episode had The Doctor being very proactive in a possible romantic interaction. Which is unusual for the character. But I’d think that if it were a straight relationship.



@marvel72

Just because something changes doesn’t mean it’s trying to be fixed. The world evolves.

If you can come to terms with a regeneration changing the physical makeup of an alien, the eleventh Doctor all of a sudden didn’t like apples, then why can’t you stretch your imagination to think their skin color or sexual proclivities might change?

I think it’s so goofy that you people get so upset about a fictional Alien. The biological make up of The Doctor is in no way based on science fact. It can be whatever the writer wants it to be. But you lot will spend so much time on those things that won’t line up with cannon and not the other thousand of things that get cannon wrong that aren’t socially related.

Keep thumping your bibles.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 11:24 AM
@UncleHarm1 - only if you see movies as a census count.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 11:36 AM
@philinterrupted - so what if the focus of the show wasn't on him being straight. It's a sci fi show. That still doesn't justify making him gay, nor does it specifically focusing on him being gay.

And regeneration doesn't change things like your sexual orientation. It changes your appearance and adjusts your personality traits. It doesn't suddenly make you like men.
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 11:40 AM
@Origame - “And regeneration doesn't change things like your sexual orientation. It changes your appearance and adjusts your personality traits. It doesn't suddenly make you like men.”
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When in the show did they talk about sexuality in relation to regeneration?

“so what if the focus of the show wasn't on him being straight. It's a sci fi show. That still doesn't justify making him gay, nor does it specifically focusing on him being gay.”

Should sci-fi shows have zero to do with sexuality?
Thing94
Thing94 - 6/15/2024, 11:42 AM
@philinterrupted - User Comment Image
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 11:46 AM
@philinterrupted - ...when they talk about how it changes the personality. Regardless of the form you are in, you're still the same you. You may have more emphasis on certain aspects of your personality, but you're still you.

And you literally just said the focus wasn't on him being straight to justify him being gay. So is it only the two extremes for you? Either it's the focus on the show, or it's not being covered?
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 11:46 AM
@UncleHarm1 - Why does our media have to represent the entire world? Nobody else's media does.

White people's media should represent them, since it comes from their countries, is created by them, primarily consumed by them, and in their language and culture, which they should me the majority of.

Would you like to see the list of white characters that are race replaced and compare it to nonwhites that have been race replaced? The white characters race replaced is several times bigger.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 11:47 AM
@philinterrupted - If race doesn't matter, why are you so bent on changing white characters? Ditto for making them queer...
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 11:49 AM
@Thing94 - User Comment Image
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 11:54 AM
@Origame -
“...when they talk about how it changes the personality. Regardless of the form you are in, you're still the same you. You may have more emphasis on certain aspects of your personality, but you're still you.“

So they specifically said that when you’re straight you’re straight?

did you ignore that I would agree that the last episode he was more proactive in searching for a romantic relationship? Because I said that. But that has nothing to do with his gayness.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 11:59 AM
@philinterrupted - it doesn't have to be.

And I never thought I'd hear such a clueless claim that a gay person looking for a romantic relationship has nothing to do with being gay.
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:01 PM
@HermanM - do you care that the fifth doctor was blonde? And the ones before him weren’t?
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:03 PM
@Origame - your misunderstanding and putting a strong focus on the character being gay is the thing that is important in the scenario.

I said I’d have the same comment if the character was straight.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 12:07 PM
@philinterrupted - I'm not. You're trying to argue that either it's the main focus or it isn't important enough to keep.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 12:07 PM
@philinterrupted - not really. Anyone can dye their hair.

You can't change your race though, and the Doctot was never a sodomite.
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/15/2024, 12:11 PM
@UncleHarm1 - he's already joined the circus
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:13 PM
@Origame - I’m talking about a persons actions. Which by that I’m not even saying I have a problem with the behavior, I’m just recognizing that it’s a new behavior.

WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/15/2024, 12:15 PM
@Origame - this dude is a Taliban sympathiser no wonder he hates gays. He probably enjoys watching them be pushed off roof tops
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:18 PM
@HermanM - the doctor didn’t dye their hair though. How about eye color.

How do you know The Doctor wasn’t into sodomy? How many sex scenes have been in the 61 years of doctor who?

Did you know that straight people can be sodomites?
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 12:19 PM
@philinterrupted - new behavior implies a change in personality. Hence, not what is changed with regeneration.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 12:20 PM
@WhateverItTakes - ?si=XA7KilboULcETwBB
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:21 PM
@Origame - every Doctor has a different personality. You have watched the show haven’t you?
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 12:24 PM
@philinterrupted - no, they don't. The siren of time confirms this.
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/15/2024, 12:26 PM
@Origame - he was all over the last Dr Who thread like a man possessed
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:28 PM
@Origame - how so?
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 12:29 PM
@WhateverItTakes - of the two extremes, the one is better than offering them your children, which is what you'd prefer.
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:30 PM
@HermanM - you have a very limited view on sex if that’s what you think.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 12:30 PM
@philinterrupted - ...by literally saying the personality stays the same.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 12:31 PM
@philinterrupted - Because the Doctor was a normal white man. Eye color you can wear contacts for or CGI if you like.

Straight people are by definition not homosexuals, so no, they cannot be. The practice of sodomy refers to the behavior homosexual men engaged in in the Biblical homosexual land of Sodom to mimic the sexual activity of straight people, since they do not have the female body parts, they use their rectums instead. A man sodomizing a woman is simply abuse and perverted...
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 12:32 PM
@philinterrupted - No, I have a normal view of sex, one that hasn't been warped by the (((porn industry))).
HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 12:33 PM
@WhateverItTakes - your problem with Islam is that it tradotionally isn't gay, feminist, and zionist. Christianity and Islam had the same cultural values.
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 6/15/2024, 12:39 PM
@Origame - what’s the direct quote? Who says it?
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