Well, over in the UK where Who originates, apparently some viewers weren't too happy with this season. There is a weekly program - or programme - on television called "Points Of View" that airs viewers praises and criticisms of the past week's shows.
The current season of Doctor Who seems to have gotten a lot of negative feedback with comments ranging from boring, to losing its way, to the writing being arrogant.
And as a popular Who Fan Facebook Page notes, the last time the Doc received this kind of reaction, the BBC dropped him.
Now if I am not mistaken, the BBC is government funded, meaning for the people by the people. So I guess the people have some say as to what the BBC televises, or at least an influence (I think this is why Who airs first in the UK). I'm not exactly sure how the ratings effect that, as I also believe Who usually comes in at #1 or 2, depending on the episode.
Regardless, there have been budget cuts, with many taking notice in this season's episodes, and the recently departed Doctor Who Confidential is said to be a result of those, as well.
So what does this mean for the good ol' Doctor?
While I really have no idea, we do know that Season 7 is not going to debut in the Spring of 2012, but will be delayed until the Fall. There has been rumor of no full season (meaning less than 13 episodes), and then confirmation of a full season. Basically a lot of back and forth talk, and I'm still confused. What some seem to think is that we'll get a half season in the Fall of 2012, which will then lead into the 50th Anniversary of Who in 2013. Though it is possible the BBC could air all 13 in a row.
Now, I'm not sure if this is all leading up to one big final send off for Who in 2013 in the form of a movie or what, but if the Brits don't want their Doctor, we'll be glad to have him over here. As the Doctor and Amy Pond saw at the recent San Diego Comic Con, we know how to treat our stars.
And then maybe we could get some Who merchandise in our stores, too!
So would an American Doctor Who work?
Stetson's are cool!