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Old 13-02-2013, 16:43
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Having just watched the text commentary on Battlefield, it stated that the first episode had the lowest ever viewing figures for Doctor Who and that the story averaged the lowest ever Doctor Who viewing figures. Now I know that it was going out at the same times as Coronation Street, but wondered if there was a major story line going on that would explain such low figures?
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Old 13-02-2013, 16:53
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Nothing spectacular happened on the Street. The Alan Bradley storyline had been popular, but he was awaiting trial during this period.

http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wi...tember_1989%29
http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wi...tember_1989%29
http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wi...tember_1989%29
http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wi...tember_1989%29

For reference, the final episode of the classic series went out opposite the penultimate episode of the Alan Bradley saga.
http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wi...cember_1989%29
He was run over by a tram two days later.
http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wi...cember_1989%29
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Old 13-02-2013, 18:43
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The explanation for the low viewing figures is simple really - throughout the 1980s the production values of Dr. Who had been on a par with those of a nativity play performed in an under performing comprehensive.

The show had become a hideous parody of itself, self-referential, clueless and only accessible to hard core fans/geeks/children (delete as appropriate). Year after year, the viewers got fed up and turned off.

Coupled with this was a not-so-secret desire among the BBC elite to undermine Dr. Who with savage budget cuts and restrictions and putting it up against things like Coronation Street.

The remarkable thing is that audience figures held up as well as they did.
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Old 13-02-2013, 18:59
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The explanation for the low viewing figures is simple really - throughout the 1980s the production values of Dr. Who had been on a par with those of a nativity play performed in an under performing comprehensive.

The show had become a hideous parody of itself, self-referential, clueless and only accessible to hard core fans/geeks/children (delete as appropriate). Year after year, the viewers got fed up and turned off.

Coupled with this was a not-so-secret desire among the BBC elite to undermine Dr. Who with savage budget cuts and restrictions and putting it up against things like Coronation Street.

The remarkable thing is that audience figures held up as well as they did.
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Old 13-02-2013, 19:43
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Yup - the main reason for Battlefield's low viewing figures is that, apart from the hardcore fans, no-one really cared about Doctor Who then.
Sadly, although Battlefield itself was quite poor, the rest of that season was the best Doctor Who had been for many years, but virtually no-one, apart from the hardcore fans, was watching anymore.
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Old 13-02-2013, 22:07
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There was minimal publicity on the BBC's side when Season 26 was launched - the 25th anniversary got the show some column inches, but 26 was out on a limb, almost embarassingly so for BBC1 when Battlefield's ratings came in. So much so, there was an emergency press conference for called to save face a little.
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Old 14-02-2013, 10:09
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Yup - the main reason for Battlefield's low viewing figures is that, apart from the hardcore fans, no-one really cared about Doctor Who then.
Sadly, although Battlefield itself was quite poor, the rest of that season was the best Doctor Who had been for many years, but virtually no-one, apart from the hardcore fans, was watching anymore.
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Old 14-02-2013, 11:19
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Worst of a good season, but I think Battlefield was a decent story by overall McCoy standards.
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Old 14-02-2013, 13:21
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I remember only finding out Series 26 was about to start due ot a location feature on The Curse Of Fenric being shown on a magazine programme on Children's BBC (as it was then). It was about the special effects of melting the haemovores. Andy remember what that was called? Fast Forward? Take Two? Something like that...

If it hadn't have been for that, we would have missed the start of Battlefield...!
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Old 14-02-2013, 22:47
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Having just watched the text commentary on Battlefield, it stated that the first episode had the lowest ever viewing figures for Doctor Who and that the story averaged the lowest ever Doctor Who viewing figures. Now I know that it was going out at the same times as Coronation Street, but wondered if there was a major story line going on that would explain such low figures?
I thought this story was brilliant. It happens to be my second favourite Seventh Doctor story after Remembrance of the Daleks. It's really strange that such a strong story would have poor viewing figures.

I think partly the reason it had such poor viewing figures was that the interest in Doctor Who had lessened a lot, due to the poor Trial series that Colin's Doctor did. And the fact that Michael Grade (boo!) had put the show on hold for nearly 18 months in late March 1985 until the middle of September 1986. Also, Bonnie Langford had not exactly been a hit with fans, either.
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Old 16-02-2013, 01:56
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I really enjoyed Battlefield too. Jean Marsh was a great foe, the Brig back in action one more time (not channeling Sulu at all) was great to see and Ace (apart from a couple of dodgy scenes early on) was well used. The effects were dodgy - but which weren't at the tiime? I've always thought it was underrated.
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