TV News: DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special UK Air Time Announced!

Written by Tony Jones Tuesday, 04 December 2012

TV News

Jenni Pain, BBC Publicist for Doctor Who has announced on Twitter that the Christmas Special, The Snowmen, will air at 5:15. Set the recorders now and allow plenty of time to digest that turkey and get in the mood!

The full evening schedule shows the show will be one hour long and before such other popular programmes such as Strictly and Call the Midwife. Expect the blogsphere to hit fever pitch just after 6:15!

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0 #5 Paul Mount 2012-12-06 01:04
Quoting J. R. Southall:
The thing about the timeslot though, is that with a line-up also including Eastenders, Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife, something has to come first - and Doctor Who is the programme on that list more likely to appeal to younger viewers. I think it's actually a case of capturing the audience with one of your stronger cards first, and keeping them there for the duration...



Strictly never rates especially highly on Christmas Day though; it's the 'competitive' element which keeps it rating highly throughout its series run. I'm not sure about the wisdom of running 2x75 minute shows one after the other; I'd have put Strictly at 5.15 and DW at 6.30. The early slot just seems as if DW is being used as an audience-grabbing 'tool' to create higher ratings later for shows deemed 'more worthy' of later slots. It's definately a demotion from the 'centrepiece' status of 2005 to-...well, last year really. It's a shame because 'The Snowmen' looks like it could be so much better than last year's terrible effort, the first time I've fallen asleep during a first-run DW!
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0 #4 J. R. Southall 2012-12-05 17:41
The thing about the timeslot though, is that with a line-up also including Eastenders, Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife, something has to come first - and Doctor Who is the programme on that list more likely to appeal to younger viewers. I think it's actually a case of capturing the audience with one of your stronger cards first, and keeping them there for the duration...
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0 #3 Paul Mount 2012-12-04 20:20
Shame about the early timeslot. I'm sure the show will find its audience as it always does but 5.15 really shunts it away from the 'centrepiece' positioning it's traditionally enjoyed since it returned. The BBC's new baby Call the Midwife and the resurgent Strictly seem to be receiving the attention this year.
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0 #2 Tony Jones 2012-12-04 17:30
Quoting J. R. Southall:
I wonder if the tx was chosen deliberately? 5.15pm is, of course, the exact time that An Unearthly Child was scheduled to go out at, almost fifty years ago...


Good spot - wish I'd thought of that!
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+1 #1 J. R. Southall 2012-12-04 17:28
I wonder if the tx was chosen deliberately? 5.15pm is, of course, the exact time that An Unearthly Child was scheduled to go out at, almost fifty years ago...
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