Wrong Figures, Wrong Answer

The Daily Mail online has reported claims that this year’s series of Doctor Who has lost roughly 1.2 million viewers and only managed an average of 6 million. The article also mentions that David Tennant’s last series in 2008 managed to average 7.2.

Doctor Who - The Eleventh HourBafflingly, the article comments that the 2010 series opener only managed to attract 8 million viewers; however, it was actually over ten. This seems to point out that the writer hasn’t done the correct research and shouldn’t be piping up in the first place!

Thankfully, the BBC has noted that many viewers recorded the episodes to watch later or caught up with them by using BBC iPlayer. The writer of the piece in question, Paul Revoir, fails to point out efficiently that during the 2008 run of Doctor Who, BBC iPlayer was used far less to gather ratings evidence as it was launched in the same year and used by far less people.

The article also goes on to question if Matt Smith is a better Doctor than David Tennant, comments about the “sexing up” of the new series and also about fans displeasure of the new theme tune.

If you haven’t got anything good or practical (or accurate)  to say, keep it down!

The Telegraph website also published an article about the decline in ratings but was far fairer about the reasons why this may have been happening.

Read more in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph articles.


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!

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