Today comes the news that Doctor Who will be moving to Sundays when it hits our screens next month. Traditionally airing on a Saturday, its a massive change for the show and it’s audience. There are many exciting reasons to be excited about the news, so in case you’re not quite sure, here’s why we think Doctor Who will fit perfectly into the Sunday schedules!
Sunday has become the prime drama slot
Over recent years, Sunday evenings have become the prime slot for big TV dramas. Doctor Who following suit means that it will stand tall among the greats of TV as it begins its brand-new era. Being given an important ‘event TV’ slot means that everyone is bound to be excited about new Doctor Who!
No more dreaded Sundays
It’s Sunday evening and you’re at home preparing for the week ahead. Homework is littered about, clothes are screaming to be ironed and all you want to do is lounge in front of the TV with a cuppa. Sound familiar? The great thing about our favourite show airing on a Sunday is that it may just be enough to take the dread out of the weekend ending. Escaping on adventures in time and space is the perfect way to prepare for the busy days that lay ahead. Nobody looks forward to Sunday evenings, but now our minds might just be about to change.
Not only will it change how we look at Sundays forever, but it will make the show available to a brand-new audience. The likelihood of families sitting down to watch it together is much larger when everyone is actually at home. People are much more likely to watch on a day when families are traditionally together and staying in for a relaxing evening. If you were to say ‘What day are most people at home, ready to sit down and watch telly?’ the answer would 100% be Sunday. It’s a no brainer!
You’re less likely to miss an episode
You won’t have to cancel plans or miss an episode! Whether you’ve run out of excuses to tell your friends to explain why you’d rather stay in on a Saturday or you’re a total party animal, neither will be a problem anymore. Friday and Saturdays can be spent however one pleases without the stress of trying to load iPlayer outside a club or cancelling on your friends for the fifth weekend in a row. Kids and parents can have family outings and fun galore without missing the TV event of 2018. Sounds like a good deal to us!
Okay, so we can’t pretend that viewing figures won’t be the topic of conversation the day after every episode airs. A tradition among fans and always a hot topic for the media, the number of people who watch each episode live is counted and scrutinized across the internet every series. Airing on a Sunday as opposed to being aired against huge Saturday shows like The X Factor means that viewing figures might just go up. However, we’re not sure how much they matter these days considering that TV viewing habits have changed drastically over recent years, meaning that people are less likely to watch TV live. Either way, at least the audience won’t have to pick between Doctor Who and the many big, colourful entertainment shows that Saturday night TV offers.
There’s nothing better than cosying up on the sofa with a great show and tasty snacks. Especially during autumn and winter. As the nights draw in and the air turns cold, Doctor Who will be there to warm us up. What better evening is there for relaxing and flying away in the TARDIS than Sunday? As well as the comfort and joy the show will bring, it’s also perfect TV for a spooky month like October. As we gear up for Halloween, new scary Who will be perfect!
Change my dear…
And it seems not a moment too soon. With an exciting new era about to begin, it seems only right that the schedule gets a shake-up. New faces, new worlds, new times… new air day! Doctor Who thrives on change, leaving things fresh and exciting. Surviving for 55 years doesn’t just come from keeping everything the same! The move to Sundays is a welcome, refreshing change to how we’ve experienced the show for the last 13 (or 55!) years and will serve it well. There is an excitement in rediscovering the world we love so much that only comes from changes like this. In the words of the Doctor… ‘This is all new to me…’ and hopefully new for all of us too.
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