I recently found myself re-listening to some of the big finish Doctor Who episodes I bought over the years before the BBC told me and the rest of the people who have actually cared about the series and the character over the last half decade what they could do with their fandom.
Apparently this strategy has not been all that productive when it came to the new “festive” special:
Whereas the Christmas Special used to get ratings in the 12 million, 13 million range, the latest “Festive Special” got… 4.69 million.
The absolute lowest of the rebooted Doctor Who.
The irony being that according to my oldest who actually watched it the episode was one best of the Jodie Whitaker series, in that it was better than the absolute worst episodes (like Fear Her and Oxygen) of the revived series but not as good as what could be considered a standard vanilla episode like The Curse of the Black Spot or even Thin Ice.
Of course the problem for these guys is that while the BBC is a government agency and can be a gravy train it is not the government itself and thus can’t force people to watch and without viewer the portion of the train offered eventually shrink’s to the point where it’s bad for the reputation of those involved, to wit:
The Mirror cited a Doctor Who source as saying: “It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration. Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed.”
Unfortunately while some might cite this as good news the bad new is that they are keeping her for a 3rd series so as not to pretend that the first female doctor was not the abysmal failure that it was. As bad as that news is the worst news is in the next paragraph:
The report added that Whittaker’s co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole will also leave the show to make way for a refreshed alien-fighting team. Mandip Gill will remain, while British comedian John Bishop is joining the cast. Showrunner Chris Chibnall will also remain with the BBC Studios-produced series, the Mirror added.
This means that the re-writing of the series as uber woke (rather than just quietly woke as it has been since it came back) and the throwing out of canon to indulge Chibnall’s fanboy fantasy will continue.
While the critics where orgasmic at the changes I suspect people developing projects might think twice about hiring an actress that has killed an almost 60 year cash cow for their purposes. I’d feel sorry for Whittaker who is a passable actress who has done some good work in the past if she didn’t rub the wokeness in at the start
The real question will be having already chased away the paying customers who will want to come in for the series death? With Chibnall still the boss and the BBC having given in the woke mob once it’s certain said woke mob will demand an equally as woke if not more woke choice. Of course if the BCC figures the series can’t be saved they will like choose a white straight male who can be blamed for the cancellation.
Given the degree of wisdom we’ve seen from actors of late I’m sure a suitable sucker can be found then again if there is one thing these parasites know it’s self preservation.