Doctor Who makes the British red top newspapers often. Why? It’s an easy way to gain attention from blogs like Geek Native and even much bigger blogs that could drive some traffic. In fact, I might even speculate that the offline readership of these right wing rags contain enough people who either see Doctor Who has a British establishment – therefore worth defending – or as some strange, pan-sexual, sci-fi nonesense and therefore worth slamming.
Today, one such paper, The Daily Mirror has a story about rival channel ITV gloating and Doctor Who facing cancellation.
The new series of Doctor Who captured just 6.2 million viewers on Saturday – the lowest audience for an opening episode since the sci-fi show’s return in 2005.
The figures were 400,000 down on the first programme of the current series, which has been split into two runs and hit 6.6million in April.
It suggests the Doctor’s popularity is on the slide – despite Matt Smith being the first Time Lord to win a Bafta nomination.
So, what do you think? Are the Mirror right to suggest the show is on the way out? Are these figures bad? Or is the show doing well and this is nothing more than newspaper selling geek bait?