Revived in 2005, “Doctor Who” is a major brand all over the globe for The BBC and will continue to be so for some time.
In fact, current show runner and executive producer Steven Moffat tells Radio Times that the BBC has already laid out plans for the show to continue through 2020:
“I thought it would last 10 years. I didn’t think it would last 10 years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years. It’s going to to do a minimum of 15. I mean, it could do 26.”
Ratings for the show have seen a change. As viewership of all television has shifted towards time-shifting, the show doesn’t pull in the live numbers in the U.K. it did during David Tennant’s era. Yet with iView and DVR accounted for, the numbers have remained fairly stable.
One change since Tennant’s era though has been the global audience has certainly increased. Talking about the ratings, Moffat says:
“Ten years on, our ratings are pretty much the same. Actually, internationally, bigger. No show does that! You’re meant to go down! Doctor Who just stays. It’s extraordinary. When I first took it over, the BBC said to me, ‘We’ve done all our calculations. The ratings will now fall. Expect to lose quite a bit. We don’t mind that. We’re going to keep it going. So long as it’s a good show we won’t mind if the ratings stop being quite as amazing as they were. That’s absolutely fine.’ And they didn’t. They pretty much stayed the same.”
The ninth season since the show’s revival is currently shooting in Wales ahead of airing later this year.