Mr Awe wrote:
I could live with 8 episodes a year plus the Christmas special, you’d have to hope that might filter out the crappier episodes but it might sound the final death knell for 2 parters (we might still get one). Part of me thinks the BBC should at least come clean about this, but I’m not sure they do likewise with other shows so it might not even occur to the higer ups that this is any kind of issue?
That might work fine for the UK, but it could stunt the momentum it has going here in the States. Not saying that should influence the BBC's decision, just pointing it out. People here are already complaining about the lack of episodes.
The BBC should be transparent about their plans, whatever they are. The confusion between what is said versus what is done is angering fans and even damaging the brand in terms of marketing, merchandising, and broadcasting. It's hard to plan all of those things when the broadcast schedule is erratic!
You're absolulty right, what happens in the US or any other part of the world doesn't matter.
Not directing this next comment at anyone in particualr, but it's almost amusing to see US fans critise the BBC for it's plans re: DW and how they should take them into consideration. Yet when the shoe is on the other foot and UK fans say they should be taken into consideration for US shows, the line usually trotted out is the UK doesn't matter it's a NBC/CBS etc.. show.
the DW is brand is not really being damaged, sure it's fans might annoyed by its broadcasting schedule but the same could be said of any fanbase.
Remember in the UK DW is considered main-stream. Sre it might not help it gain much momentum in the UK. But if you are a fan of the show you watch it whether it has 6 episodes a season or 30 episodes a season or any number you care to pick.
Some shows such as Sherlock only have 3 episodes a season.