In the wake of series 9 of Doctor Who, (which begins 19th September on BBC 1) producer, Stephen Moffatt has said that the show will run for at least another five years, and that he feels it is “part of our culture now”. Which begs the question; will it run forever? – after all, it was cancelled once before.
Doctor Who first came to the small screen on BBC1, across the UK back in 1963. The show became an instant hit running for 26 years, but found itself in 1989 after declining viewing figures.
In 2005, the BBC decided to relaunch the show, introducing the Doctor and his companions to a new generation. 10 years later, the show is as big as ever and about to air series 9.
Series 8 saw Peter Capaldi take up the iconic role of The Doctor, with an average consolidated audience of 7.4m viewers every week in the UK. Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television said: “It’s been an outstanding début series for Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and I’m very grateful to Peter, Steven Moffat and everyone involved.”
Peter Capaldi attributes series 8’s success to his co-star, Jenna Coleman. In an interview for The Radio Times he said “I was so lucky it was Jenna because it might not have worked with anyone else. It’s tricky to come into a long-established show, especially as the lead, and Jenna has proved to be a wonderful actress and friend.”
The audience viewer figures are as good as they have ever been. And it cannot be doubted, that Doctor Who’s popularity internationally is further increasing – series 8 wound up being the highest-rated season of the series on BBC America.
But there have been cries from the fandom that the cult show has been regressing since Russell T. Davis gave up the top job and Stephen Moffatt took over. Some people have expressed their concern that the storylines have become too over complicated, and that increasingly the show has become less and less suitable for children.
“Nothing lasts forever” they say, and only time will tell what the future holds for Doctor Who. But with the tool of regeneration up their sleeves, the producers have the freedom to shake-up the show and inject fresh life if they ever see fit – a huge factor in the show’s enduring success.
We leave you with the series 9 trailer, just to whet your appetite.