The Last Doctor Who Holiday Special

The Last Doctor Who Holiday Special

In case you are wondering why it’s no longer the Christmas Special, that’s because Christmas Day is too valuable of a time slot to waste on Doctor Who.

There is a horrifying rumor running around that the show is going to get a couple of more seasons. I suspected that this was a possibility when the desperately flailing HBOmax bought up the rights after Netflix and then Amazon prime dropped the series.

The funding had to come from somewhere. The BBC is facing a flood of cancelations of the British TV license fees. A total of 894,340 TV licenses in force were canceled in the 2018/19 financial year. This year the Beeb appears to be dragging its feet on processing the current crop of cancellations so exact numbers for this year aren’t in stone yet but there is no reason to think they aren’t worse.

And admitting the completely obvious, that Woke Doctor Who is an abject failure…isn’t possible. I suppose because it’s the worst of the Woke fails. The rest of the franchises that have gone Woke haven’t really gone broke. They’ve lost a lot of viewers, sure but the SJWs who backed the unwanted changes can point to a silver lining here and there. That’s not an option with Doctor Who because Chibnall has delivered a complete catastrophe.

While there will likely be a couple more unwatched seasons with Jodie Whitaker (or some other actress) delivering ultra cringe love sonnets to her Pakistani girlfriend, there won’t be anymore Holiday Specials.

Even New Year’s Eve will be too high profile to waste on Doctor Who.

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  • Bonesaw Reply

    As a child, I loved Dr Who.
    I was such a geek I kept a scrap book of Dr Who news stories that I’d cut out of newspapers. I got so good at timing when to press play on our VHS recorder, that many times the transition between one episode and the next was seamless.
    My favourites were Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy.

    This new Who has been awful from the beginning. The emphasis changed from sci fi that appealed to young boys and families, to more female, feelings and emotion based stories that mined Dr Who Lore to appeal to girls and the family, and boys as a distant third at best, if at all.

    This became more obvious with the (literal) transitioning of first The Master, then Dr Who himself.

    I’d love someone with a backbone and some creativity to step in and write off this last incarnation – put it down to some trick of a rogue timelord, much like we saw with the trial of Dr Who featuring Colin Baker’s Doctor where timeline shenanigans took place over the entire season.

    It’ll never happen of course, they care more about preaching to a diminished and ever diminishing audience than to appealing to the people who pay for the service.

    Just cancel Dr Who for 5-10 years, then bring it back with some creativity and integrity reintroduced to it, then work to retcon this dross from the Lore as hard as possible.

    December 25, 2020 at 4:00 am
  • bvdemier Reply

    Dr Who is an interesting experiment.
    People say that the left has a tendacy to parade things around like carcasses, but I do not follow that logic.
    In most cases somebody will come along (most likely an accountant) who will point out the diminishing returns and the franchise will be quietly be put on hold (see terminator), small changes will be made to accommodate the older fanbase (see Star Wars) or the franchise will be put on life support in things like books or comics (See Korra).
    But what happens when all those things become impossible? What happens when the people making the new episodes despise the old fanbase? What happens when the franchise is produced by an entity not bound by the simple rules of profit?
    Dr Who is too big and too old to be quietly be put on hold.
    How long can you pump money and time in a franchise that is so dead the carcas is rotting away?

    December 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    • EXALT Reply

      “Dr Who is too big and too old to be quietly be put on hold.”

      Nah; older and bigger franchises – Star Trek, James Bond, DC Comics – are dying and being put on hold without any particular problem. It will be the same for Doctor Who: I imagine it “will be put on life support in things like books or comics” (and audio dramas), which is what happened the last time it got canceled.

      “People say that the left has a tendacy to parade things around like carcasses, but I do not follow that logic.”

      It means that the left takes things that used to have some dignity, strips them of it and then parades them around demanding people to admire them for it: Luke Skywalker and Han Solo becoming worthless rejects, the Time Lords becoming poster children for every sexual perversion and sickness in the book, superheroes going around lauding every retarted idea lefties have ever had…

      December 25, 2020 at 7:43 pm
    • DocLove Reply

      The reference is to David Burge, aka Iowahawk

      https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/664089892599631872

      December 25, 2020 at 7:54 pm
    • Bonesaw Reply

      It depends.
      If the BBC Licence continues as is then in theory Dr Who can continue to receive funding due to its ‘importance’ rather than its popularity.
      For example, the liars and frauds who have gutted the heart and soul of the show can claim that creating this show for the diminished viewership is vital as they are reaching little served members of the community, such as sci fi loving tranny types with extreme left wing opinions and the need to live in a protective shell, aka the left…

      It’ll be a lie, but it won’t be easy to disprove – especially when the media and management don’t want it disproven.

      This animated corpse could continue it’s sad jig for many years to come.

      December 26, 2020 at 10:31 am
  • Joe S. Walker Reply

    I wonder if HBOMax might take over the actual making of the show?

    At least half the disaster of recent years was putting Chris Chibnall in charge. Apart from having no original ideas he clearly has a thing about alternate Doctors – see not only the useless Jo Martin, but also the Timeless Child bit where the Doctor turns out to have been about a dozen blank-looking child actors of different races and sexes.

    The best thing for Doctor Who would be a showrunner who had no connection to Who fandom, no interest in playing with “continuity”, and an iron hand in doing the show their way. But that’s even less likely than getting another diversity-hire Doctor.

    December 26, 2020 at 3:31 pm
    • EXALT Reply

      “The best thing for Doctor Who would be a showrunner who had no connection to Who fandom, no interest in playing with “continuity”, and an iron hand in doing the show their way.”

      So I’m guessing the BBC should contact Rian Johnson?
      This isn’t about fandom: Chibnall has been a whovian for decades, and his DW still sucks; Johnson didn’t give a damn about SW, and The Last Jedi still sucked. This is about hiring hacks that spout the right sort of crap, instead of talented people.

      December 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm

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