The word "millions".
I strangely used one, or all three of these types of answers in a blog post on someone else's site who got pissed off with all of the attention that last Harry Potter film received. That blog post however was about the money people put towards fantasy films, it was not about the Harry Potter films themselves. Stupid as the three answers are as to why a film franchise or television franchise doesn't suck, they are seemingly the most common defenses against any criticism.
Some Doctor Who fans are no different.
Some people would believe that after reading my article that I am simply someone who has moved on from the show. This is true. I have moved on.
The show still needs to be canceled in my opinion; there is no soul and no heart to it anymore. Everything is done for the cliffhanger without anything being presented for me to even care about the cliffhanger in the first place. Repeating myself once again I turn to a bigger problem I have with the show: the fans.
Not all of them honestly.
The fans that bother me of this franchise exist in every franchise I suspect. These are the ones who use numbers as their defense against any nay-sayers. These are the fans that concern me.
Networks do not care about the quality of a show. If they could put a test pattern on for one hour, they'd probably hope someone would watch it. If someone did, they would probably create a test pattern channel just for those folks.
I realize that the BBC America ratings for the show were awesome during the broadcast of "The Impossible Astronaut". I realize that the Appreciation Index was eighty-eight for that episode. So what? Doctor Who is dead as far as I'm concerned.
You cannot convince a critic, or an individual with a life beyond a singular television show (or film franchise), that numbers are the ultimate win against their arguments against a show that is well-loved.
If something sucks to them, even if they have watched it for years and years, they should be allowed to say so without having their inbox invaded by numbers and the word "millions".
Awards don't mean anything either, yet fans constantly use that.
If Doctor Who fans who see the show as the end all and be all of their existence choose to stick to these words as a defense, they need to go back to the drawing broad.
Convince the nay-sayers with more than mere short-answers and numbers and maybe all of us "haters" will go away.
Not that I was ever really a "hater" in the first place.
Onward to better things.