Doctor Who: 7 Most Unfair Criticisms Of Steven Moffat
7. Steven Moffat Is Responsible For A Decline In Ratings
Taken on their own, official BARB viewing figures suggest there has been a steady decline since Steven Moffat took up the helm in Series 5. But even taking aside significant contributing factors, such as the competition on the other channels (Series 8 was up against the X Factor) and the alternative figures once iPlayer viewings have been added to the mix, they show a remarkable consistency for such a long running programme. Series 1 achieved an average of 7.95 million viewers, whilst Series 8 achieved a score of 7.26 million viewers. In short, Doctor Who viewing figures remain well above the benchmark for a successful show. If the ratings were of significant concern to the BBC then it's inconceivable that Moffat would be continuing at the helm. It might be tempting to stick to a tried and tested formula but eventually the viewers' interest would wane. Every year, whilst remaining faithful its history and core identity, Steven Moffat is keen to reimagine the show. His ability to develop new twists and turns are key to its continued longevity. With at least 7 million viewers and members of their households plus an audience appreciation percentage regularly in the mid to high 80s, 4,000 names on a change.org petition to have Moffat sacked is unlikely to be taken seriously.
Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.