Would You Binge the New Season of Doctor Who

first_img In 47 days, Steven Moffat will be Doctor Who history. But until then, he is still acting executive producer and head writer.So I suppose his opinion still counts.The exiting showrunner sat down this week with Digital Spy to talk all things Who—including whether the long-running series lends itself to being binged.Netflix has had great success with its one-and-done delivery system: The streaming service simply drops an entire season of original programming, and lets viewers watch in their own time (whether that’s within the first 24 hours of release, or a slow burn over many spoiler-ific months).But could the same process work for Doctor Who?Not under Moffat’s watch.“We hadn’t finished them,” he told Digital Spy about the 12 chapters of season 10. “When [episode one] ‘The Pilot’ went out, we only had two more episodes ready.”Bill (Pearl Mackie) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) explore the pyramid at the end of the world (via BBC)In fact, series finale “The Doctor Falls” was delivered “two or three days before it went out on air” on July 1.So it’s a good thing the BBC didn’t request to dump all 12 installments on iPlay at once.“I would have said, ‘In your dreams,’” Moffat admitted.Doctor Who is, by all means, a very bingeable show. I’ve watched the first four reboot seasons in a matter of weekends, and caught up with the Eleventh Doctor just as quickly (if not somewhat reluctantly).That was me trying to claw my way to the then-current series, though. I still enjoy the thrill of knowing there’s a new TARDIS adventure waiting just around the corner of each week; that feeling of being on the same page as the rest of the world.That doesn’t mean, however, the BBC couldn’t—or shouldn’t—adopt the Netflix model.“Can I conceive a future where this happens? Yes,” Moffat said (knowing full well he will never have to consider such a prospect).Three generations of the Doctor (via BBC)“I think television is changing massively. I think the idea of dropping a whole series and letting people find it, letting people watch it and binge it—I think it’s coming. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” he continued.Even Moff the Great and Powerful goes on Netflix sprees: “I just binged my way through The Good Place.” (OM-forking-G! Me, too!) “I just absolutely adored that. It just ran out instantly, and I’m very resentful I have to wait now.”I still remember the days—pre-DVR, pre-streaming, pre-smartphone-in-every-pocket—of appointment viewing. Every Wednesday for six-year, starting at 8:55 p.m., I had to be planted in front of the TV with utter silence in preparation for the latest episode of The West Wing.Those days, however, have been replaced with something new.“The audience are actually in control, and the audience are demonstrating a preference,” Moffat said. “I think TV scheduling is going to disappear.”Cozy up this Christmas to watch Moffat’s final installment of Doctor Who—featuring the departure of Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and the debut of the Thirteenth Time Lord Lady, Jodie Whittaker. Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster center_img Stay on targetlast_img

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