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Doctor Who + Google Trends III

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As Google has the data for 2007 up, we can now look at the Google Trends graph for Doctor Who last year:

[Google trends for 2007]

Comparing it with 2006's graph, it looks like there's a fairly consistant pattern emerging - queries roughly double once the show starts playing, spiking when the finale is aired, then in December there's another spike when the obligatory Christmas special airs.

[Google trends for 2005 - 2007]

Stacking all three years together, we can see that queries increased over 2006, though the difference between the Last of the Time Lords and Doomsday spikes is not as pronounced as the difference between Doomsday and The Parting of the Ways. I expect this trend will continue over 2008, though it will be interesting to see what effect decreasing output to 3 specials will have in 2009.

Doctor Who vs Torchwood vs Sarah Jane Adventures:

[Google trends graph]

Daleks vs Cybermen:

[Google trends graph]

Christopher Eccleston vs David Tennant vs John Simm:

[Google trends graph]

Billie Piper vs Freema Agyeman vs Catherine Tate:

[Google trends graph]

Doctor Who vs Star Trek vs Battlestar Galactica:

[Google trends graph]

Interesting how Who and BSG have similar search volumes. Trek is showing a steady decline, though the new movie this year might help...

Edit: oh, hey, a fan.

Posted January 30, 2008 8:35 PM


Now seasonally adjust! :)

Posted by: Thad Ritchards | January 30, 2008 10:51 PM

That's left as an exercise for the reader. :)

Posted by: Alden | January 31, 2008 8:47 AM

I love Doctor Who but I'm confused about the missing season so it looks like those of us in the States will have to wait longer and who knows if they'll show those specials here.

Posted by: Barbara | February 11, 2008 11:17 AM

I'm not sure when they'll be played in New Zealand either - Prime TV generally plays the Christmas specials at the start of the following season, so it's possible they may save the 2009 specials up and play them ahead of the 2010 season...

Posted by: Alden | February 11, 2008 12:21 PM

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