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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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Posted: 16 February 2020 at 8:45pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

You're right, but this guy seems to be incorporating those things:
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Andrew Saxon
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Posted: 17 February 2020 at 12:44pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

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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Eric Morin
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Posted: 18 February 2020 at 10:39am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

When did the Doctor get the Vulcan Mind Meld ability? I
don't recall it being featured before this regeneration.
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Byron Graham
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Posted: 18 February 2020 at 12:43pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The Doctor's mind meld is not new, but is rarely used. Eleven used it a couple of times, notably to plant a suggestion in Amy's mind when he placed her in the Pandorica. I'm certain it was used in the original series as well, though any precise memory escapes me.
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Andy Mokler
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Posted: 19 February 2020 at 12:08am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Apparently, the numbers the BBC uses to calculate ratings resemble what YouTube uses.  Meaning, as long as someone tunes in for 2 minutes, they count it as a full viewing.  It used to be that 70% of the episode was used as a gauge but now it's 2 minutes.

Doesn't seem like an honest rating to me.
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Steve De Young
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Posted: 19 February 2020 at 2:02pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Doesn't seem like an honest rating to me.
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Well, it makes the current numbers useless for historical comparisons.  But unless that has changed really recently, it can still can confirm, for example, that Jodie Whitaker's ratings have been somewhat better than Capaldi's and significantly worse than Matt Smith's.  And of course, if everyone is using that standard today, in comparison to other currently broadcast shows its as valid as any other measure. 
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