‘Saturday Night Warfare’ has offended the ‘Doctor Who’. What happened between the BBC bosses and the show’s protagonist Peter Capaldi? Read the scoop to know more.
The “Doctor Who” star has lashed out at BBC executives for using him and “Doctor Who” as a pawn in a ‘Saturday Night Warfare’. The problem arises with the current time slot of the show that is scheduled around 9 P.M. The star complaints the move of the show to a post-Strictly slot will offend the families who ‘sit down and watch it together’.
According to the actor this may hamper the viewership as he thinks the sci-fi show has been continuing its reputation for providing contents that can be watched by whole family. He feels the time should go out at 7.30pm or around that time to maintain the viewership. (Via The Guardian)
‘Mr. Tucker’ is upset as he thinks any slot post 8.15 P.M. can be considered as adult territory. He admits the show entertains the adult but millions of children who are inclined to the show can be diverted due to the reason. He also defended the show’s viewing figures, which have fallen to overnight ratings as low as 3.7 million, by pointing out the difference once time-shifting is factored into the numbers.
When Russell T Davies revived the much-loved programme in 2005, it was broadcast in a teatime spring slot. However, the ninth series premiered with The Magician’s Apprentice at 7.40pm on 19 September. Subsequently, it has been given the post-Strictly Come Dancing time slot, meaning episodes are finishing at a time pushing 9pm. The third episode, Under The Lake, had a start time of 8.25pm on 3 October.
Even the star commented that he felt being a ‘Pawn’ in the hands of BBC as they are not giving the show a right opportunity. The Scottish actor, show runner Steven Moffat and writer Mark Gatiss agree with Capaldi and express the same concern. They think the shift of time slot is not smart enough. But Moffat did not encourage the calculation of viewership as he thinks end result will say everything and now they are in the mid of the game.
The feud goes to such an extent that Capaldi already signaled about his quit from the upcoming season of the popular television series. The report is now he is bound with legal commitment with the show and the agreement between the 57-years old actor and BBC will continue till next year. But there onwards Capaldi may not be a part of the show.
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