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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 15 February 2020 at 4:57pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

As far as how the show is trending, I can only go by what the reviewers I've watched on YouTube have talked about and the variety that I occasionally check in with all say that the show is hemorrhaging viewers and ratings are dropping.

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YouTube channels are a horrible source of information. Series 11 actually had higher ratings than Capaldi’s and (I think) Smith’s entire runs. A lot of that was probably curiosity over a female Doctor. Once time-shifting is taken into account, the viewership is just reverting to the norm. People (especially Millennials and younger) don’t watch as much TV live anymore. 
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Andy Mokler
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You're right, but this guy seems to be incorporating those things:
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Still not seeing why the Doctor switching gender is any stranger than any other regeneration. He/she is like the TARDIS in that what is on the outside is misleading. Young, old, tall, short, male, female. The Doctor is an alien being who wears different bodies like we pull on different clothes, and has been doing so on our television screens since the 1960s. It hasn't suddenly become weird.

Anyways, moving on, I thoroughly enjoyed last night's little visit with Mary Shelley. I think that might even have been Jodie's best episode to date. Of course, the story throws a spanner in the works with Big Finish, who had the 8th Doctor meet Mary Shelley on the very same night The Haunting of Villa Diodati takes place (after which, Mary became a companion for the Doctor in a handful of audio adventures - she even met a Cyberman!). The canonical status that Mofatt bestowed on the Big Finish range in The Night of the Doctor has now been taken away by Chibnall. Even as we speak, though, fans are frantically coming up with ways to explain how the television episode and Big Finish version of events can be reconciled. For my own part (and it's possibly my turn to be controversial now), I think what appears on the TV screen should always take precedence over the spin-offs, be they books, comics or audio adventures.
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