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With Doctor Who taking a long lay-off my fear that it will lose many of the so-so fans. The hard core fans, like myself, has already dealt with two long periods of time without Doctor Who. Three if you count “Scream of the Shalka” which was an online story which did not do well mainly due to the time of dial up and very, very slow downloading and streaming.

The question is will the younger fans return after a lay off? If you listen to the experts of the younger generations the answers would be no. {May suggestion to any generation is not allow the experts to define you. Many experts are people who knows no more than we do but they use charts and may have written a book.}

Either way the BBC need something to keep the fans’ interest going. For some fans the Big Finish audio may not be an option. So is animation? Even for the fans of the current, 2005 reboot, Doctor Who David Tennant has done two animations. There are still the lost stories from the first 6 seasons and as time pass the chances of finding any of these below smaller. You also have the stage plays.

I know the cost of animation can be high. Not sure what are the sale numbers needed in the UK or international to make it worth the cost.

Would fans of the 2005 reboot (2005-2018) Doctor Who buy an animation of the lost episodes? How about animation of new stories with the 1963-1989, 1996 cast members? Animation of new stories of the 2005-2018 cast members?
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Jul 09, 2019
The same could have been said in 1970, when Doctor Who went from being on most weeks of the year to the concept of "seasons" which only lasted a few months - How could the fans cope with going most of the year without any Doctor Who?

The thing is TV changes, and is going through a massive change right now. The network TV model of annual seasons is massively under attack now, with the advent of subscriber based, on demand content. Most of the younger audience has already moved on from the "once a year run of a few weeks of episodes" to the "binge watch" model. So much so that even with Network TV, many now will record a whole season on their PVR before starting to watch it, so they can watch each episode in close succession. I must admit that a good drama works much better an episode (or more) a night than waking a week for the next one.
So the BBC has already been reacting to this model for quite some time. Many of its big hit shows run seasons much longer than a year apart. The likes of Line of Duty and Luther do not have regular annual seasons, but whenever they come back they retain their viewers, possibly even because of the lengthened anticipation.

In the UK this method is now being referred to as "Event TV" and Doctor Who is also in that category, even before this hiatus, as we've only had 11 seasons in 14 years.

The move from commercial funded, to subscriber funded has led to much more high quality drama being produced than ever before, possibly to the point where there is too much to watch. In which case longer gaps work in your favor, as your fan base can get through all their favorites without skipping your latest content for too long.
For this reason you will also see TV series getting shorter too, though with longer episodes (now they don't have to worry about commercials), with many streamed seasons settling on 13 a season, rather than 26. Doctor Who has already shrunk from 13 to 10, and will probably shrink to 6 per year very soon.

With the new TV model, it's less about frequency and quantity, and more about quality.
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