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Is Doctor Who the most popular SciFi show today? April 4, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in bbc, doctor who, doctorwho, Dr. Who, DRWHO, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi.

Though Doctor Who gets short shaft in North America, if recent numbers are accurate –

Doctor Who isn’t just popular, it could well be THE MOST POPULAR SCIFI SHOW on Earth currently airing.

BBC is reporting that 8.2 million viewers watched the season three (or 30 ) premiere.It marked the premiere of a new assistant for the Doctor with the debut of Freema Agyeman.

At 8.2 million viewers Doctor Who is likely more popular than any recent episode of BSG or Stargate SG-1 or even Stargate Atlantis.

Apparently SciFi channel will be picking up the new season later this year but why should American wait? Why can’t the US get Doctor Who at the same time (or maybe a one day delay so BBC has bragging rights?).

Real die-hards are unlikely to wait till later this year and will find other means/methods to get the episodes they want to see. The BBC and SciFi would be well served to provide the content that viewers want quickly or risk missing out.


1. alexander - April 16, 2007

i looooooove doctor who i am the number one fan of the show and i realy think that it is unfair for the media circuits in the united states to short change doctor who because it is a british programme bad fish really, as the brits would say after all the united states practicly slam their tv shows down the throats of the british media with all the force of a piledriver and no one over there complians about it. Doctor who now and forever (I love you doctor)

2. Buddy - June 25, 2007

Being such a Tech savvy nation, the true fans in the US are simply downloading the episodes hours after they air. I have yet to see a full episode on Scifi. The downloads also include Torchwood and Sara Jane. The viewing numbers they really need to look at are the seeds and peer on torrent download sites. And Yes, Doctor Who is, and has always been, the most popular Scifi show in the world.

3. HEXX77 Southern USA - July 13, 2008

My whole life I’ve been a huge Star Trek fan and a fan of most
all American scifi. But I have always been a bigger Doctor Who fan.
Ill take Doctor Who over every American scifi show ever made any
time any day. Or any British scifi show for that matter. Doctor Who always has and always will be #1 in my eyes.

British scifi is superior!
British scifi is supreme!
All hail the Brits!
Exterminate! Exterminate!
Exterminate! American SciFi!
Exterminate! 😀

4. Angie K - August 1, 2008

My name is Angie, and I have been watching DR. Who for as long as I can remember. I started watching the original series when I was just a little kid, and I watched it every weekend on PBS. The new series has all the great enemies, all new companions, and, of course, the beloved savior of all time and space, The Great Doctor! The new series is so much more than the original, in that it has so much more special effects, but I have to tell u, the emotions are the same watching then and now! The Dr. Who series is still one of the best damn shows on TV, and I don’t care who u r or what u watch!!!!!!!!!!

5. Snowycat - August 1, 2008

The Doctor rocks! I’ve never missed an episode since the Sci-Fi channel started airing it.. I thought Christopher Eccelsson did a pretty decent job but David Tennant outshines and outacts him in every way.. Tennant has managed to create a character that, no matter how much he surrounds himself with his friends, exudes a deep lonliness and arouses a great deal of sympathy from his audience.. I sincerely hope he stays on as the Doctor for many years to come (although this is doubtful).. I’ve read that the series is only going to produce a limited number of specials for 2009 (4, I believe) and won’t be back for a full season until 2010.. I’m not sure why, but then again, I’m not sure why the Sci-Fi Channel feels they can only produce and show 5-6 episodes of ANY of their series before going into reruns.. Does anyone remember when a series used to last from Sept. til May or June before going on hiatus? Sigh, those were the good old days of TV.. ^^

6. Kathy Matney - December 3, 2008

I Love the Doctor! This is the reason that I started watching the Sci-Fi
Channel. I started watching in the late ’70’s’ and I really hope they produce the entire series. David Tennant is the best Doctor and the HOTTEST yet.

7. Daniel - June 29, 2010

DR Who is the longest running Sci-Fi programme of all time. And as long as it continues to run, that title cannot be taken away either.

The main reason that DR Who is still going strong after almost 50 years and will continue to do so is because the format is so open and easy. With a Time-Travel Space Ship and an almost-immortal time-lord with 13 regenerations (allowing for the main actor to change when needed), you can pretty much accomplish any story in any time in any place! It really is that simple and that brilliant.

When the BBC first launched the programme in 1963 they could not have known how wise they were to leave the origins and details so open and vague, allowing for such a long and fantastic evolution of the programme over generations.

Compared to many Sci-Fi programmes today, DR Who is in a different league. Whereas programmes like Star Trek are relatively contained in their structure and as such usually have to resort to re-desigining previous story-lines, DR Who can just keep going in different places, times and even genres without risking any damage to the original format and feel of the show.

In a recent poll, one American site ranked DR Who as 8th out of 50 Sci-Fi shows and classed “Battlestar Galactica” as No.1. Do me a favour. It may be very popular right now and I’ll even accept it has a stronger following in its prime, but compared to the longevity, surrealism, imagination and downright continuity of DR Who it has absolutely nothing.

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