In an interview with Newsweek, Peter Capaldi had a few things to say in regards to how the BBC is treating the beloved long-running Sci-fi TV show, Doctor Who.
Even the fact that the network continually kept changing what time the show aired made news last year, and when asked about it, Capaldi answered,
“It does frustrate me. If you’re going to have a family show, I think you have to build up a little ritual around it—and that ritual usually starts with having it on at the same time [every week]. Even I didn’t know what time it was on because it got later and later and later.”
Sadly, no one can deny the show has taken a bit of a hit in the ratings area in the last couple years. Is it because the BBC is being neglectful? Maybe. In response to if the BBC is taking Doctor Who for granted, Capaldi replied,
“Undoubtedly. The BBC is an incredible organization, but sometimes people there think, that it's looking after itself. And it’s not being looked after. I think maybe their eye was taken off the ball, or the show was seen as a thing they could just push around. It’s not. It’s a special thing.”
However, Capaldi also points out,
“I think overnight ratings are a thing of the past. You can’t really measure the success of the show by its overnight ratings, which is what the papers do."
It is possible that as the world continues through the digital age and towards primarily watching TV on other devices besides their TVs, that it only seems as if the ratings are dropping. But in regards to Doctor Who, Capaldi claims,
"There’s still a place for families to sit down and watch the show—that’s still a great, fun thing to do. That’s what the show’s success has been based on. That has to be protected.”
Hopefully, the BBC will take the current Doctor's words into consideration and move to help preserve what is so wonderful about Doctor Who and it's fans.